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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Metal  \Met"al\  (?  or  ?;  277),  n.  [F.  m['e]tal,  L.  metallum 
  metal,  mine,  Gr  ?  mine;  cf  Gr  ?  to  search  after  Cf 
  {Mettle},  {Medal}.] 
  1.  (Chem.)  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 
 
  Note:  Popularly,  the  name  is  applied  to  certain  hard,  fusible 
  metals,  as  gold,  silver,  copper,  iron,  tin,  lead,  zinc, 
  nickel,  etc.,  and  also  to  the  mixed  metals,  or  metallic 
  alloys,  as  brass,  bronze,  steel,  bell  metal,  etc 
 
  2.  Ore  from  which  a  metal  is  derived;  --  so  called  by  miners. 
  --Raymond. 
 
  3.  A  mine  from  which  ores  are  taken  [Obs.] 
 
  Slaves  .  .  .  and  persons  condemned  to  metals.  --Jer. 
  Taylor. 
 
  4.  The  substance  of  which  anything  is  made  material;  hence 
  constitutional  disposition;  character;  temper. 
 
  Not  till  God  make  men  of  some  other  metal  than 
  earth.  --Shak. 
 
  5.  Courage;  spirit;  mettle.  See  {Mettle}.  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  The  allusion  is  to  the  temper  of  the  metal  of  a  sword 
  blade.  --Skeat. 
 
  6.  The  broken  stone  used  in  macadamizing  roads  and  ballasting 
  railroads. 
 
  7.  The  effective  power  or  caliber  of  guns  carried  by  a  vessel 
  of  war. 
 
  8.  Glass  in  a  state  of  fusion.  --Knight. 
 
  9.  pl  The  rails  of  a  railroad.  [Eng.] 
 
  {Base  metal}  (Chem.),  any  one  of  the  metals,  as  iron,  lead, 
  etc.,  which  are  readily  tarnished  or  oxidized,  in  contrast 
  with  the  noble  metals.  In  general,  a  metal  of  small  value, 
  as  compared  with  gold  or  silver. 
 
  {Fusible  metal}  (Metal.),  a  very  fusible  alloy,  usually 
  consisting  of  bismuth  with  lead,  tin,  or  cadmium. 
 
  {Heavy  metals}  (Chem.),  the  metallic  elements  not  included  in 
  the  groups  of  the  alkalies,  alkaline  earths,  or  the 
  earths;  specifically,  the  heavy  metals,  as  gold,  mercury, 
  platinum,  lead,  silver,  etc 
 
  {Light  metals}  (Chem.),  the  metallic  elements  of  the  alkali 
  and  alkaline  earth  groups,  as  sodium,  lithium,  calcium, 
  magnesium,  etc.;  also  sometimes  the  metals  of  the 
  earths,  as  aluminium. 
 
  {Muntz  metal},  an  alloy  for  sheathing  and  other  purposes, 
  consisting  of  about  sixty  per  cent  of  copper,  and  forty  of 
  zinc.  Sometimes  a  little  lead  is  added.  It  is  named  from 
  the  inventor. 
 
  {Prince's  metal}  (Old  Chem.),  an  alloy  resembling  brass, 
  consisting  of  three  parts  of  copper  to  one  of  zinc;  -- 
  also  called  {Prince  Rupert's  metal}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Metal  \Met"al\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Metaled}  (?  or  ?)  or 
  {Metalled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Metaling}  or  {Metalling}.] 
  To  cover  with  metal;  as  to  metal  a  ship's  bottom;  to  metal  a 
  road. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  metal 
  adj  :  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"-  Ambrose  Bierce  [syn:  {metallic}, 
  {metal(a)}]  [ant:  {nonmetallic}] 
  n  :  any  of  several  chemical  elements  that  are  usually  shiny 
  solids  that  conduct  heat  or  electricity  and  can  be  formed 
  into  sheets  etc  [syn:  {metallic  element}] 
  v  :  cover  with  metal 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  METAL 
 
  1.  Mega-Extensive  Telecommunications  Applications  Language. 
  BBS  language  for  PRODOS  8  on  Apple  II 
 
  2.  The  syntax-definition  formalism  of  the  Mentor  system. 
  Metal  specifications  are  compiled  to  specifications  for  a 
  scanner/parser  generator  such  as  Lex/Yacc.  "Metal:  A 
  Formalism  to  Specify  Formalisms",  G.  Kahn  et  al  Sci  Comp 
  Prog  3:151-188  (1983). 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  METAL 
  Machine  Evaluation  and  Translation  Language  (Siemens) 
 
 




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