n [U and C]
a metal that is not very valuable, such as iron or lead
1. But a watch could never repair itself----it does not consist of living parts, only of metal, which wears away by friction.
2. But it was still too short a period for men to base a calendar on.
3. But with such a large population base, the country must still convert millions more to the idea of birth control if it is to reach its population targets.
4. For the simple reason that I was left with several curiously shaped bits of metal which did not seem to fit anywhere.
5. To betray a friend is a base action.
6. The clatter of metal plates was heard from the kitchen.
7. They poured the hot metal into the mould.
8. The trainer stands in front of the elephant holding a long stick with a sharp metal point.
9. These movements are controlled by the trainer with the metal-pointed stick,
10. These objects, however, were different. Lined up against the wall, there were long thin wires attached to metal spheres.