Definition of metal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmetl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmetl//
[countable, uncountable]
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  • a type of solid mineral substance that is usually hard and shiny and that heat and electricity can travel through, for example tin, iron and gold a piece of metal a metal pipe/bar/box The frame is made of metal. see also heavy metal, precious metal
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French metal or Latin metallum, from Greek metallon ‘mine, quarry, or metal’.Extra examples The bomb left a pile of jagged glass and twisted metal. The doors are made of metal. a heap of scrap metal a sculptor who works in metal a statue cast in metal the sound of metal clanging against metal the sudden pressure of cold metal against her cheek to recycle scrap metalIdioms
      put the pedal to the metal, with the pedal to the metal (North American English, informal)
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    1. 1(to go) at full speed; (to drive) with the accelerator of the car pressed to the floor We drove through the night flat-out, with the pedal to the metal.
    2. 2to use as much effort as possible; with as much effort as possible I'm still putting the pedal to the metal here at work.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: metal