Meaning of “metal” in the English Dictionary

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"metal" in British English

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metalnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈmet.əl/ us /ˈmet̬.əl/

B1 a chemical element, 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 wooden beam is reinforced with a metal plate.

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  • The explosion sent pieces of metal and glass hurtling through the air.
  • All that remains of yesterday's car crash is a pile of mangled metal.
  • As the hot metal passed between the huge rollers it was pressed into thin sheets.
  • Lead and tin are malleable metals.
  • This new drill works very well on hard metals.

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

"metal" in American English

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metalnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈmet̬·əl/

chemistry, physics a generally hard and shiny chemical element, such as iron or gold, or a mixture of such elements, such as steel, which usually allows electricity and heat to travel through it

(Definition of “metal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)