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


    heavy metal

    BrE BrE//ˌhevi ˈmetl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌhevi ˈmetl//
    Styles of music
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a type of rock music with a very strong beat played very loud on electric guitars See related entries: Styles of music
  2. 2[countable] (specialist) a metal that has a very high density (= the relation of its weight to its volume), such as gold or lead2 (1) Culture Heavy metal became popular in the 1970s.The term is used of groups and performers such as Iron Maiden, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Metallica and Alice Cooper. Heavy metal groups and their fans often have long hair, wear leather jackets and dance in a way that is known as ‘headbanging’ (= moving the head backwards and forwards very quickly to the rhythm of the music). The songs are often about violence and the occult (= things connected with magic powers). compare hard rock
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