[met-l-ur-jee or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jee]
- the technique or science of working or heating metals so as to give them certain desired shapes or properties.
- the technique or science of making and compounding alloys.
- the technique or science of separating metals from their ores.
Origin of metallurgy
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Examples from the Web for metallurgic
To borrow an expression from the language of metallurgic art, they were men "at the highest degree of hardness."The Survivors of the Chancellor
I cannot get over this hiatus—cannot imagine a metallurgic industry beginning with the use of alloys.The Ethnology of the British Islands
Robert Gordon Latham
In fact the metallurgic industry occupies the second place after the mining industry which is the most centralized in France.Syndicalism in France
The mines of the Bulgar Dagh are an equally clear indication of their skill in mining and metallurgic work.The Hittites
A. H. Sayce
The metallurgic industries, favoured by the abundance of coal and iron, are concentrated round the mines.
- the scientific study of the extraction, refining, alloying, and fabrication of metals and of their structure and properties
Word Origin and History for metallurgic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The scientific study and technology of extracting metals from ores, refining them for use, and creating alloys and useful objects from them.
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