See also: metàl·lic
- metallick (obsolete)
From Latin metallicus, from metallum (“metal”), from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon). Equivalent to metal + -ic.
metallic (comparative more metallic, superlative most metallic)
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of metal.
- Made of or containing metal.
- a. 1712, William King, “Rufinus: Or, The Favourite”, in The Works of the English Poets, volume XX, page 374:
- […] and, lo ! a palace towering ſeems, / With Parian pillars and metallic beams.
- 1878, Sir Norman Lockyer, “On Dissociation”, in Studies in Spectrum Analysis, page 167:
- These chemical distinctions then, to which we have referred, are quite independent of physical condition. For instance, amongst the most metallic of the metals is a gas.
- (of a sound) Harsh, as if coming from two metals striking one another.
- 1839, Edgar Allan Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, in Tales, London: Wiley & Putnam, published 1846, page 81:
- No sooner had these syllables passed my lips, than—as if a shield of brass had indeed, at the moment, fallen heavily upon a floor of silver—I became aware of a distinct, hollow, metallic and clangorous, yet apparently muffled reverberation.
- (of a color) Having the appearance of being of polished metal.
- metalish (obsolete)
- metallical (obsolete)
- metallic bond
- metallic hydrogen
- metallic waterproofing
made of metal
(of a sound) harsh, as if coming from two metals striking one another
(of a color) having the appearance of being of polished metal
metallic (plural metallics)
- A metallic color.
- 2007 May 24, Karin Nelson, “Keeping Time in Cool Comfort”, in New York Times:
- As Robert Clergerie, whose unisex Popée shoe comes in an array of pastels and eye-popping metallics, explained the attraction, “It gives manhood to women.”
From Latin metallicus. Attested from the 16th century.
metallic m (feminine singular metallica, masculine plural metallics, feminine plural metallicas)
- ^ Diccionari General de la Lenga Occitana, L’Academia occitana – Consistòri del Gai Saber, 2008-2016, page 380.