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[met-l-ur-jee or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jee] /ˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒi or, esp. British, məˈtæl ər dʒi/
the technique or science of working or heating metals so as to give them certain desired shapes or properties.
the technique or science of making and compounding alloys.
the technique or science of separating metals from their ores.
Origin of metallurgy
1695-1705; < New Latin metallurgia < Greek metallourg(ós) working in metals, mining + New Latin -ia -ia. See metall-, -urgy
Related forms
metallurgic, metallurgical, adjective
metallurgically, adverb
[met-l-ur-jist or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jist] /ˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒɪst or, esp. British, məˈtæl ər dʒɪst/ (Show IPA),
nonmetallurgic, adjective
nonmetallurgical, adjective
nonmetallurgically, adverb
unmetallurgic, adjective
unmetallurgical, adjective
unmetallurgically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for metallurgy


/mɛˈtælədʒɪ; US ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪ/
the scientific study of the extraction, refining, alloying, and fabrication of metals and of their structure and properties
Derived Forms
metallurgic, metallurgical, adjective
metallurgically, adverb
metallurgist (mɛˈtælədʒɪst; ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪst) noun
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Word Origin and History for metallurgy

1704, from Modern Latin metallurgia, from Greek metallourgos "worker in metal," from metallon "metal" (see metal) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). Related: Metallurgical; metallurgist.

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metallurgy in Science
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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