metallurgy

[ met-l-ur-jee or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jee ]
/ ˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒi or, esp. British, məˈtæl ər dʒi /

noun

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

1695–1705; < New Latin metallurgia < Greek metallourg(ós) working in metals, mining + New Latin -ia -ia. See metall-, -urgy

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British Dictionary definitions for metallurgical

metallurgy

/ (mɛˈtælədʒɪ, US ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪ) /

noun

the scientific study of the extraction, refining, alloying, and fabrication of metals and of their structure and properties

Derived Forms

metallurgic or metallurgical, adjectivemetallurgically, adverbmetallurgist (mɛˈtælədʒɪst, ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪst), noun
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Science definitions for metallurgical

metallurgy

[ mĕtl-ûr′jē ]

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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