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metallic

[muh-tal-ik] /məˈtæl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or consisting of metal.
2.
of the nature of or suggesting metal, as in luster, resonance, or hardness:
metallic green; a harsh metallic sound.
3.
Chemistry.
  1. (of a metal element) being in the free or uncombined state:
    metallic iron.
  2. containing or yielding metal.
noun
4.
Textiles.
  1. a yarn or fiber made partly or entirely of metal and having a metallic appearance.
  2. a fabric made of such a yarn or fiber.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin metallicus < Greek metallikós of, for mines. See metal, -ic
Related forms
metallically, adverb
metallicity
[met-l-is-i-tee] /ˌmɛt lˈɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
metalleity
[met-l-ee-i-tee] /ˌmɛt lˈi ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
intermetallic, adjective
multimetallic, adjective
semimetallic, adjective
unmetallic, adjective
unmetallically, adverb
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  • The collision made a metallic sound which was followed by silence.
  • By utilizing no metallic components in his shoes, he was able to walk through the metal detector without causing any alarm.
  • It's a deep, primordial sound that builds to a metallic wail as the power comes on in a seemingly unending rush.
  • Dark matter, he says, may be made of star-size spheres that lack metallic elements that are capable of fission.
  • Gallium is soft, metallic silver poor metal that liquefies slightly above room temperature.
  • One depicts metallic fish swimming across the fabric.
  • He thrived on the sharp, metallic taste of impending doom.
British Dictionary definitions for metallic

metallic

/mɪˈtælɪk/
adjective
1.
of, concerned with, or consisting of metal or a metal
2.
suggestive of a metal: a metallic click, metallic lustre
3.
(chem) (of a metal element) existing in the free state rather than in combination: metallic copper
Derived Forms
metallically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for metallic
adj.

1560s, from Middle French métallique or directly from Latin metallicus, from Greek metallikos, from metallon (see metal).

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metallic in Science
metallic
  (mĭ-tāl'ĭk)   
Relating to or having the characteristics of a metal.
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