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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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Related Words for metallurgy

planning, design, architecture, metallurgy, structure, blueprinting, structures, surveying

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Contemporary Examples of metallurgy

Historical Examples of metallurgy

  • The process of extracting a metal from its ores is called the metallurgy of the metal.

  • It was in this spirit that he began his investigations in metallurgy.

    Stories of Invention

    Edward E. Hale

  • Just the kind of work for students commencing the study of metallurgy.

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson

  • This latter was in mechanics and metallurgy; and I hesitated between the two.

    Tono Bungay

    H. G. Wells

  • Metallurgy is the highest and most difficult branch of chemistry.

British Dictionary definitions for metallurgy


  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 metallurgy


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

metallurgy 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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