metallurgy

[met-l-ur-jee or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jee]
noun
1.
the technique or science of working or heating metals so as to give them certain desired shapes or properties.
2.
the technique or science of making and compounding alloys.
3.
the technique or science of separating metals from their ores.

Origin:
1695–1705; < Neo-Latin metallurgia < Greek metallourg(ós) working in metals, mining + Neo-Latin -ia -ia. See metall-, -urgy

metallurgic, metallurgical, adjective
metallurgically, adverb
metallurgist [met-l-ur-jist or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jist] , noun
nonmetallurgic, adjective
nonmetallurgical, adjective
nonmetallurgically, adverb
unmetallurgic, adjective
unmetallurgical, adjective
unmetallurgically, adverb
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metallurgy (mɛˈtælədʒɪ, US ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪ)
 
n
the scientific study of the extraction, refining, alloying, and fabrication of metals and of their structure and properties
 
metal'lurgic
 
adj
 
metal'lurgical
 
adj
 
metal'lurgically
 
adv
 
metallurgist
 
n

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metallurgy
1704, from Gk. metallourgos "worker in metal," from metallon "metal" (see metal) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). Related: Metallurgical.
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metallurgy   (mět'l-ûr'jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study and technology of extracting metals from ores, refining them for use, and creating alloys and useful objects from them.
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Example sentences
He searched out existing reports on their metallurgical content.
Seriously, though, this unit's gotta have to have some serious metallurgical
  engineering built in.
Actually, electronic data indicated metallurgical miscalculations in the design
  of some components of the valve train.
It is also used for coking for metallurgical applications.
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