Dictionary: MET – MET-AL-LOID'AL

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MET, v. [pret. and pp. of Meet.]

ME-TAB'A-SIS, n. [Gr. from μετα, beyond, and βαινω, to go.]

In rhetoric, transition; a passing from one thing to another.

ME-TAB'O-LA, n. [Gr. μετα, beyond, and βολη, a casting.]

In medicine, a change of air, time or disease. [Little used.] Dict.

MET-A-CARP'AL, a. [from metacarpus.]

Belonging to the metacarpus.

MET-A-CAR'PUS, n. [Gr. μετακαρπιον; μετα, beyond, and καρπος, the wrist.]

In anatomy, the part of the hand between the wrist and the fingers.

ME-TACH'RO-NISM, n. [Gr. μετα, beyond, and χρονος, time.]

An error in chronology, by placing an event after its real time.


A defect in pronouncing the letter m.

ME'TAGE, n. [from mete.]

Measurement of coal; price of measuring.

MET-A-GRAM'MA-TISM, n. [Gr. μετα, beyond, and γραμμα, a letter.]

Anagrammatism, or Metagrammatism, is the transposition of the letters of a name into such a connection as to express some perfect sense applicable to the person named. Camden.

MET'AL, n. [met'l; Fr. from L. metallum; Gr. metallon; Sw. and G. metall; D. metaal; Dan. metal; Sp. id.; It. metallo; Ir. miotal; W. mettel.]

  1. A simple, fixed, shining, opake body or substance, insoluble in water, fusible by heat, a good conductor of heat of electricity, capable when in the state of an oxyd, of uniting with acids and forming with them metallic salts. Many of the metals are also malleable or extensible by the hammer, and some of them extremely ductile. Metals are mostly fossil, sometimes found native or pure, but more generally combined with other matter. Some metals are more malleable than others, and this circumstance gave rise to the distinction of metals and semi-metals; a distinction little regarded at the present day. Recent discoveries have enlarged the list of the metals. Twelve are malleable, viz. platinum, gold, silver, mercury, lead, copper, tin, iron, zink, palladium, nickel, and cadmium. The following sixteen are not sufficiently tenacious to bear extension by beating, viz. arsenic, antimony, bismuth, cobalt, manganese, tellurium, titanium, columbium, molybden, tungsten, chrome, osmium, iridium, rhodium, uranium, and cerium. Encyc. Nicholson. Thomson. Phillips. Ure. To these may be added potassium, sodium, barium, strontium, calcium, lithium, and several others. Henry.
  2. Courage; spirit; so written by mistake for Mettle.

MET-A-LEP'SIS, n. [Gr. μεταληψις, participation; μετα, beyond, and λαμβανω, to take.]

In rhetoric, the continuation of a trope in one word through a succession of significations, or the union of two or more tropes of a different kind in one word, so that several gradations or intervening senses come between the word expressed and the thing intended by it; as, “in one Cesar there are many Mariuses.” Here Marius, by a synecdoche or antonomasy, is put for any ambitious, turbulent man, and this, by a metonymy of the cause, for the ill effects of such a temper to the public. Bailey. Encyc.


  1. Pertaining to a metalepsis or participation; translative.
  2. Transverse; as, the metaleptic motion of a muscle. Bailey.


By transposition.

ME-TAL'LIC, or ME-TAL'LIC-AL, a. [L. metallicus.]

Pertaining to a metal or metals; consisting of metal; partaking of the nature of metals; like a metal; as, a metallic substance; metallic ore; metallic brightness.

MET-AL-LIF'ER-OUS, a. [L. metallum, metal, and fero, to produce.]

Producing metals. Kirwan.


Having the form of metals; like metal. Kirwan.


  1. Pertaining to a metal; consisting of metal.
  2. Impregnated with metal; as, metalline water. Bacon.


A worker in metals, or one skilled in metals. Moxon.


The net or process of forming into a metal; the operation which gives to a substance its proper metallic properties. Encyc. Dict.


To form into metal; to give to a substance its proper metallic properties. Dict.


Formed into metal.


Forming into metal.

MET-AL-LOG'RA-PHY, n. [Gr. μεταλλον, metal, and γραφη, description.]

An account of metals, or a treatise on metallic substances. Dict.

MET'AL-LOID, n. [metal, and Gr. ειδος.]

A name sometimes applied to the metallic bases of the alkalies and earths.


Having the form or appearance of a metal.