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