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metalnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈmet.əl/  us   /ˈmet̬-/
B1 a ​chemicalelement, such as ​iron or ​gold, or a ​mixture of such ​elements, such as steel, that is ​generally hard and ​strong, and through which ​electricity and ​heat can ​travel: Metal, ​paper, and ​glass can be ​recycled. Silver, ​gold, and ​platinum are precious metals. The ​woodenbeam is ​reinforced with a metal ​plate.

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(Definition of metal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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metalnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈmet̬·əl/
chemistry, physics a ​generally hard and ​shinychemicalelement, such as ​iron or ​gold, or a ​mixture of such ​elements, such as ​steel, which usually ​allowselectricity and ​heat to ​travel through it
(Definition of metal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “metal”
in Korean 금속…
in Arabic مَعْدَن…
in Malaysian logam, logam campuran…
in French (de/en) métal, métal…
in Russian металл…
in Chinese (Traditional) 金屬, 合金…
in Italian metallo…
in Turkish metal, maden…
in Polish metal…
in Spanish metal…
in Vietnamese kim loại, hợp kim…
in Portuguese metal…
in Thai โลหะ, โลหะผสม…
in German das Metall, die Metalllegierung…
in Catalan metall…
in Japanese 金属…
in Chinese (Simplified) 金属, 合金…
in Indonesian logam, logam campuran…
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