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Metal vs. Mettle

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  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

    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.

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

    The ore from which a metal is derived.

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

    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.

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

    The rails of a railway.

  • Metal (noun)

    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."

  • Metal (adjective)

    Characterized by strong drum-beats and distorted guitars. 1970s and after

  • Metal (adjective)

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

  • Metal (verb)

    To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.

  • Mettle (noun)

    A quality of endurance and courage.

  • Mettle (noun)

    Good temperament and character.

  • Mettle (noun)

    Metal; a metallic substance.

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  • Metal (noun)

    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"

  • Metal (noun)

    the steel tracks of a railway

    "the locomotive is presently being made ready for operation over Network SouthEast metals"

  • Metal (noun)

    gold and silver (as tinctures in blazoning).

  • Metal (noun)

    broken stone for use in making roads

    "the work also involves dealing with rock aggregates for potential use as suitable road metal"

  • Metal (noun)

    molten glass before it is blown or cast.

  • Metal (noun)

    heavy metal or similar rock music

    "crunching power-trio metal"

    "industrial music is also a blend of metal and techno"

  • Metal (verb)

    made from or coated with metal

    "a range of metalled key rings"

  • Metal (verb)

    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"

  • Mettle (noun)

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

    "the team showed their true mettle in the second half"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Metal (noun)

    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.

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

    A mine from which ores are taken.

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

    Courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle.

  • Metal (noun)

    The broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting railroads.

  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

    Glass in a state of fusion.

  • Metal (noun)

    The rails of a railroad.

  • Metal

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

  • Mettle (noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Metal (noun)

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

  • Metal (noun)

    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"

  • Metal (verb)

    cover with metal

  • Metal (adjective)

    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"

  • Mettle (noun)

    the courage to carry on;

    "he kept fighting on pure spunk"

    "you haven't got the heart for baseball"

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