What is metal?

  • (noun): A mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten.
    Synonyms: alloy
    See also — Additional definitions below

Metal

A metal (from Greek "μέταλλον" – métallon, "mine, quarry, metal") is an element, compound, or alloy that is a good conductor of both electricity and heat. Metals are usually malleable, ductile and shiny. The meaning of the term "metal" differs for various communities. Many elements and compounds that are not normally classified as metals become metallic under high pressures (see nonmetal#Metallic allotropes.)

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Progressive Metal - Differences With Experimental Metal
... Although progressive metal and experimental metal both favor experimentation and non-standard ideas, there are rather large differences between the two genres ... The experimentation of progressive metal has a strong emphasis on technicality and theoretical complexity ... For avant-garde metal, most of the experimentation is in the use of unusual sounds and instruments - being more unorthodox and questioning of musical conventions ...
Ozzfest
... Europe) featuring performances by many heavy metal and hard rock musical groups ... has featured bands of a variety of genres within heavy metal and hard rock, including alternative metal, thrash metal, industrial metal, metalcore ...
Metal - History
... The nature of metals has fascinated mankind for many centuries, because these materials provided people with tools of unsurpassed properties both in war and in their preparation and ...
Valence Electron - Electrical Conductivity
... as a result, an element may be classified as a metal, a nonmetals, or semiconductors (or metalloid) ... A metal is an element with high electrical conductivity when in the solid state ... In each row of the periodic table, the metals occur to the left of the nonmetals, and thus a metal has fewer possible valence electrons than a nonmetal ...
Vardis
... Vardis were an influential three-piece heavy metal band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, who enjoyed hits between 1978 and 1986 ... a prominent part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene, then prevalent in the United Kingdom ... of incorporating elements of 70's glam rock and heavy metal music and frontman Steve Zodiac's searing Fender Telecaster sound ...

More definitions of "metal":

  • (adj): Containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal.
    Synonyms: metallic
  • (noun): Any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc..
    Synonyms: metallic element
  • (verb): Cover with metal.

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    And, indeed, is there not something holy about a great kitchen?... The scoured gleam of row upon row of metal vessels dangling from hooks or reposing on their shelves till needed with the air of so many chalices waiting for the celebration of the sacrament of food. And the range like an altar, yes, before which my mother bowed in perpetual homage, a fringe of sweat upon her upper lip and the fire glowing in her cheeks.
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