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 for Metal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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     2. Ore from which a metal is derived; -- so called by miners.
        --Raymond.
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     3. A mine from which ores are taken. [Obs.]
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              Slaves . . . and persons condemned to metals. --Jer.
                                                    Taylor.
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     4. The substance of which anything is made; material; hence,
        constitutional disposition; character; temper.
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              Not till God make men of some other metal than
              earth.                                --Shak.
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     5. Courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle. --Shak.
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     Note: The allusion is to the temper of the metal of a sword
           blade. --Skeat.
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     6. The broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting
        railroads.
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     7. The effective power or caliber of guns carried by a vessel
        of war.
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     8. Glass in a state of fusion. --Knight.
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     9. pl. The rails of a railroad. [Eng.]
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  metal
      adj 1: 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: nonmetal, nonmetallic]
      n 1: 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, metal]
      2: 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" [syn: alloy, metal]
      v 1: cover with metal

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  210 Moby Thesaurus words for "metal":
     Dutch foil, achievement, alerion, aluminum, aluminum foil,
     americium, animal charge, annulet, argent, armorial bearings,
     armory, arms, asphalt, azure, bandeau, bar, bar sinister, barium,
     baton, bearings, bend, bend sinister, beryllium, billet, bismuth,
     blacktop, blazon, blazonry, bordure, broad arrow, bullion,
     cadency mark, cadmium, calcium, canton, carpet, causeway, cement,
     cerium, cesium, chaplet, charge, chevron, chief, chrome, chromium,
     coat of arms, cobalt, cobblestone, cockatrice, concrete, copper,
     coronet, crescent, crest, cross, cross moline, crown, device,
     difference, differencing, dysprosium, eagle, earth metals, erbium,
     ermine, ermines, erminites, erminois, escutcheon, europium, falcon,
     fess, fess point, field, file, flag, flanch, fleur-de-lis, floor,
     fret, fur, fusil, gadolinium, gallium, garland, germanium, gold,
     gold dust, gold foil, gold leaf, griffin, gules, gyron, hatchment,
     helmet, heraldic device, holmium, honor point, impalement,
     impaling, indium, inescutcheon, iridium, iron, label, lanthanum,
     lead, lead foil, lion, lithium, lozenge, lutetium, magnesia,
     magnesium, manganese, mantling, marshaling, martlet, mascle,
     mercury, metal foil, metal leaf, metalleity, metallic, metallicity,
     metallics, metallike, metalline, metalloid, metalware, metalwork,
     molybdenum, motto, mullet, native metals, neodymium, nickel,
     niobium, noble metals, nombril point, octofoil, or, ordinary,
     organometallic, orle, osmium, pale, palladium, paly, pave, pean,
     pebble, pheon, phosphorus, platinum, polonium, potassium,
     praseodymium, precious metals, promethium, protactinium, purpure,
     quarter, quartering, radium, rare metals, rhenium, rose, rubidium,
     ruthenium, sable, saltire, samarium, scandium, scutcheon,
     semimetal, shield, silver, silver foil, sodium, spread eagle,
     strontium, subordinary, tantalum, tar, technetium, tenne, terbium,
     thallium, thulium, tin, tincture, tinfoil, titanium, torse,
     tressure, tungsten, unicorn, uranium, vair, vanadium, vert,
     wolfram, wreath, yale, ytterbium, yttrium, zinc, zirconium
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  METAL
         Machine Evaluation and Translation Language (Siemens)
         

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  METAL
         Macro Expansion Template Attribute Language (TAL, ZPT, ZOPE)
         

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  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).
  

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