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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
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  • So Orede stayed uninhabited until a hunting-party shooting wild cattle found an outcropping of heavy-metal ore.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • So Orede stayed uninhabited until a hunting party, shooting wild cattle, found an outcropping of heavy-metal ore.

    This World Is Taboo Murray Leinster
  • The great hydroelectric dams, the hundreds of steam turbines, the heavy-metal atomic reactors—all useless for power purposes.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
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
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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.
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