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heavy metal

any metal with a specific gravity of 5.0 or greater, especially one that is toxic to organisms, as lead, mercury, copper, and cadmium.
aggressive and heavily amplified rock music, commonly performed by groups that wear spectacular or bizarre costumes.
Origin of heavy metal
1860-65, for literal sense
Related forms
heavy-metal, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for heavy metal
  • The bigger campsites have generators with projectors with big screens playing all sorts of heavy metal music and videos.
  • Edith suffered from curvature of the spine and was forced to wear a heavy metal cage.
  • Also, the sulfur and heavy metal is higher than in conventional crude.
  • Bone loss from ingesting radium is the result of chemical heavy metal poisoning, not radiation.
  • Each episode has three acts, each starring a heavy metal machine and its support team.
  • heavy metal in all its forms, more than any other type of popular rock, conjures a state of perpetual adolescence.
  • And the company was concerned about the product's image, given the use of the toxic heavy metal cadmium.
  • He has suffered leishmaniasis-and treatment for it with the heavy metal antimony.
  • As it turns out, covering your legs with enormous, heavy metal plates makes moving around a lot harder.
  • Without that the fine arts would dry up and we'd only hear country music, angry heavy metal bands and rap.
British Dictionary definitions for heavy metal

heavy metal

  1. a type of rock music characterized by a strong beat and amplified instrumental effects, sometimes with violent, or nihilistic lyrics
  2. (as modifier): a heavy-metal band
a metal with a high specific gravity
(military) large guns or shot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for heavy metal

heavy metal


: As the prototypical heavy metal band, Led Zeppelin has created its fair share

noun phrase

A style of simple music characterized by extreme loudness, distortion, and pounding drums and played through great banks of amplifiers and speakers: With all the sudden interest in heavy metal, Deep Purple has decided to give it a go once again/ a degree of internal intricacy that belies popular conceptions of heavy metal (1960s+ Rock and roll)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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heavy metal in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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