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[met-l-ur-jee or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jee]
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  1. the technique or science of working or heating metals so as to give them certain desired shapes or properties.
  2. the technique or science of making and compounding alloys.
  3. the technique or science of separating metals from their ores.
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Origin of metallurgy

1695–1705; < New Latin metallurgia < Greek metallourg(ós) working in metals, mining + New Latin -ia -ia. See metall-, -urgy
Related formsmet·al·lur·gic, met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjectivemet·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverbmet·al·lur·gist [met-l-ur-jist or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jist] /ˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒɪst or, esp. British, məˈtæl ər dʒɪst/, nounnon·met·al·lur·gic, adjectivenon·met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjectivenon·met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverbun·met·al·lur·gic, adjectiveun·met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjectiveun·met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for metallurgic

Historical Examples

  • To borrow an expression from the language of metallurgic art, they were men "at the highest degree of hardness."

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

    Jules Verne

  • I cannot get over this hiatus—cannot imagine a metallurgic industry beginning with the use of alloys.

  • In fact the metallurgic industry occupies the second place after the mining industry which is the most centralized 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.

British Dictionary definitions for metallurgic


  1. the scientific study of the extraction, refining, alloying, and fabrication of metals and of their structure and properties
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Derived Formsmetallurgic or metallurgical, adjectivemetallurgically, adverbmetallurgist (mɛˈtælədʒɪst, ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪst), noun
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Word Origin and History for metallurgic



1704, from Modern Latin metallurgia, from Greek metallourgos "worker in metal," from metallon "metal" (see metal) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). Related: Metallurgical; metallurgist.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

metallurgic in Science


  1. 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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