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noun     metal pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] chemistry a hard, usually shiny element that exists naturally in the ground or in rock, for example lead, gold, or iron. Metals are usually good conductors of heat and electricity and are used to make things such as tools, machines, weapons etc

    a frame made of metal

    1. a.
      an alloy such as steel that is made from two or more metals combined together, or a metal combined with a non-metal
    2. b.
      used about something that is made of metal

      a metal buckle/a metal basin

  2. 2
    [uncountable] heavy metal

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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