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  1. objects made of metal.
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Origin of metalwork

First recorded in 1840–50; metal + work
Related formsmet·al·work·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for metalwork

Historical Examples

  • An order came to take away all the bells of the churches and all the metalwork.

    From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917

    Philip Gibbs

  • At Amiens is an example dating from 1526,—a long life for a piece of metalwork in so exposed a position.

  • Sixteen feet from bow to stern, its new coat of white was satin smooth, and its metalwork gleamed in the morning sun.

  • Something to do with metalwork, aluminum, something like that, I believe.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • It was well cleaned; its lamps and other metalwork shone brilliantly; it was a very handsome vehicle.

    The Search Party

    G. A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for metalwork


  1. the craft of working in metal
  2. work in metal or articles made from metal
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