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Meaning of metallic by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Latin metallicus, from metallum ( “metal” ) .


    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /məˈtæl.ɪk/, /mɪˈtæl.ɪk/


    metallic ( comparative more metallic, superlative most metallic )

    1. Made of, appearing to be made of, resembling, or related to metal .

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    metallic ( plural: metallics )

    1. A metallic color

Explanation of metallic by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal

    2. a metallic compound
      metallic luster
      the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades- Ambrose Bierce
    1. a yarn made partly or entirely of metal

    2. a fabric made of a yarn that is partly or entirely of metal

    Definition of metallic by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Metallic a. [L. metallicus, fr. metallum: cf. F. métallique. See Metal.]
      1. Of or pertaining to a metal; of the nature of metal; resembling metal; as, “a metallic appearance; a metallic alloy.”

      2. ( Chem. ) Of, pertaining to, or characterized by, the essential and implied properties of a metal, as contrasted with a nonmetal or metalloid; conductive of electricity; basic; forming positive ions in solution; antacid.

      Metallic iron, iron in the state of the metal, as distinquished from its ores, as magnetic iron. -- Metallic paper, paper covered with a thin solution of lime, whiting, and size. When written upon with a pewter or brass pencil, the lines can hardly be effaced. -- Metallic tinking ( Med. ), a sound heard in the chest, when a cavity communicating with the air passages contains both air and liquid.