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Metal vs. Mettle

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Metalnoun

(heading) Chemical elements or alloys, and the mines where their ores come from.

Mettlenoun

A quality of endurance and courage.

Metalnoun

Any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms; generally shiny, somewhat malleable and hard, often a conductor of heat and electricity.

Mettlenoun

Good temperament and character.

Metalnoun

Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.

Mettlenoun

(obsolete) Metal; a metallic substance.

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Metalnoun

(astronomy) An element which was not directly created after the Big Bang but instead formed through nuclear reactions; any element other than hydrogen and helium.

Mettlenoun

Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards honor, courage, fortitude, ardor, etc.; disposition; - usually in a good sense; as, to test a person's mettle.

‘A certain critical hour which shall . . . try what mettle his heart is made of.’; ‘Gentlemen of brave mettle.’; ‘The winged courser, like a generous horse,Shows most true mettle when you check his course.’;

Metalnoun

Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.

Mettlenoun

the courage to carry on;

‘he kept fighting on pure spunk’; ‘you haven't got the heart for baseball’;

Metalnoun

(mining) The ore from which a metal is derived.

Mettlenoun

a person's ability to cope well with difficulties; spirit and resilience

‘the team showed their true mettle in the second half’;

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Metalnoun

(obsolete) A mine from which ores are taken.

Metalnoun

(tincture) A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent and or.

Metalnoun

Molten glass that is to be blown or moulded to form objects.

Metalnoun

(music) A category of rock music encompassing a number of genres (including thrash metal, death metal, heavy metal, etc.) characterized by strong drum-beats and distorted guitars.

Metalnoun

(archaic) The substance that constitutes something or someone; matter; hence, character or temper; mettle.

Metalnoun

The effective power or calibre of guns carried by a vessel of war.

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Metalnoun

The rails of a railway.

Metalnoun

The actual airline operating a flight, rather than any of the codeshare operators.

‘We have American Airlines tickets, but it's on British Airways metal.’;

Metaladjective

(music) Characterized by strong drum-beats and distorted guitars.

Metaladjective

Having the emotional or social characteristics associated with metal music; brash, bold, frank, unyielding, etc.

Metalverb

To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.

Metalnoun

An elementary substance, as sodium, calcium, or copper, whose oxide or hydroxide has basic rather than acid properties, as contrasted with the nonmetals, or metalloids. No sharp line can be drawn between the metals and nonmetals, and certain elements partake of both acid and basic qualities, as chromium, manganese, bismuth, etc.

Metalnoun

Ore from which a metal is derived; - so called by miners.

Metalnoun

A mine from which ores are taken.

‘Slaves . . . and persons condemned to metals.’;

Metalnoun

The substance of which anything is made; material; hence, constitutional disposition; character; temper.

‘Not till God make men of some other metal than earth.’;

Metalnoun

Courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle.

Metalnoun

The broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting railroads.

Metalnoun

The effective power or caliber of guns carried by a vessel of war.

Metalnoun

Glass in a state of fusion.

Metalnoun

The rails of a railroad.

Metalverb

To cover with metal; as, to metal a ship's bottom; to metal a road.

Metalnoun

any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.

Metalnoun

a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten;

‘brass is an alloy of zinc and copper’;

Metalverb

cover with metal

Metaladjective

containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal;

‘a metallic compound’; ‘metallic luster’; ‘the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades’;

Metalnoun

a solid material which is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g. iron, gold, silver, and aluminium, and alloys such as steel)

‘being a metal, aluminium readily conducts heat’; ‘an adjustable pole made of metal’;

Metalnoun

the steel tracks of a railway

‘the locomotive is presently being made ready for operation over Network SouthEast metals’;

Metalnoun

gold and silver (as tinctures in blazoning).

Metalnoun

broken stone for use in making roads

‘the work also involves dealing with rock aggregates for potential use as suitable road metal’;

Metalnoun

molten glass before it is blown or cast.

Metalnoun

heavy metal or similar rock music

‘crunching power-trio metal’; ‘industrial music is also a blend of metal and techno’;

Metalverb

made from or coated with metal

‘a range of metalled key rings’;

Metalverb

make or mend (a road) with road metal

‘the road was metalled and tolls charged for the upkeep’; ‘follow the metalled road for about 200 yards’;

Metal

A metal (from Greek μέταλλον métallon, ) is a material that, when freshly prepared, polished, or fractured, shows a lustrous appearance, and conducts electricity and heat relatively well. Metals are typically malleable (they can be hammered into thin sheets) or ductile (can be drawn into wires).

‘mine, quarry, metal’;

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