Definition of gunmetal in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A grey corrosion-resistant form of bronze containing zinc.

    • ‘It became fashionable to own objects in base metal, so Faberge started to use gunmetal, copper and brass.’
    • ‘The interior of the plane was a reflection of the outside; black gunmetal gleamed from all corners.’
    • ‘As he reached for the box to remove it, the chilling feel of gunmetal touched the back of his neck.’
    • ‘The beautiful finish in the idols of Ram, Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman and Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi made of gunmetal draws the attention of connoisseurs.’
    • ‘Chill cast leaded gunmetals are widely used for miscellaneous small bushes of low stressing but they are, of course, considerably less wear resistant than gunmetal and phosphor bronzes.’
    • ‘There are even tiny sensors that can detect the presence of gunmetal and tanks.’
    • ‘The feel of cool gunmetal was still a comfort against her hand though.’
    • ‘Now, visually I agree, that gunmetal is not a great look for a comic book movie but I don't think it takes away from the film.’
    • ‘The headstud group shows similar traits: a finely detailed type is typically of brass or gunmetal but the simpler variants, usually with the headloop cast in one with the brooch, are of leaded bronze.’
    • ‘Moreover, in the base year, only gunmetal showed a reduction in price as a trend.’
    • ‘Loose copper bullet casings and gunmetal gleamed coldly in the light sparkling like pieces of ice, cold and deadly.’
    • ‘As for your domicile there are dining furniture sets, made of gunmetal, brought all the way from Hyderabad and priced at Rs.2,200.’
    • ‘Earrings made of black metal with American diamonds embedded, chains made of gunmetal, coral and jade and pearl bangles add to the gaiety.’
    • ‘His body in my arms dragged me down like gunmetal, but I managed to manoeuvre him to the doorway and out into the cleaner air.’
    • ‘All the castings - a total of 24 adorn the gates and railings - are made of gunmetal, chosen as it is a hard-wearing and weatherproof material.’
    1. 1.1 A dull bluish-grey colour:
      [as modifier] ‘the river glinted under a gunmetal sky’
      • ‘The existing civic centre, much of which will be retained with this proposal, is basically a fairly pedestrian assemblage of grey concrete brick structures capped by broad gunmetal green fascias with a number of sandstone walls.’
      • ‘Slowly the sky turned from gunmetal grey to pale blue - all colour blown out of it - and then, as the sun finally rose above the horizon it was filled with brilliant amber light that caught my eyes in the mirror.’
      • ‘The T2 also drops the original's gunmetal colour scheme in favour of a lighter, more silvery look.’
      • ‘Apart from the obvious physical attributes - the Cuillin mountains, empty beaches, wildlife, views of gunmetal seas over bladderwracked rocks - the island does not wear its heart on its sleeve.’
      • ‘A gunmetal black rectangle object attached to wires and tubes, filled with green, pulsating gas.’
      • ‘We walk down the wooded dunes, and there, finally, is the gunmetal Baltic, Kaliningrad's point, symbolically shrouded in an undulating, enigmatic fog.’
      • ‘By the time I was out, then, it was just Ja and I on our floor, and the sky was an ominous shade of gunmetal grey.’
      • ‘Boys noisily demand balloons from him, which they then watch fly into the gunmetal Glasgow sky bearing the slogan ‘Say yes to progress’.’
      • ‘The trees cast their skeletal frames against the gunmetal sky and the crows, like a flock of hooded widows, lamented their lot with throaty cries.’
      • ‘There is a fabulous gold and gunmetal sequinned skirt for just £29.99.’
      • ‘Three battered gunmetal grey filing cabinets stood against one badly-plastered wall, and I knew the first two were mostly empty.’
      • ‘And, no, omni-present muted gunmetal tones does not count as style.’
      • ‘I personally love the metallic bluish gunmetal set off against the black of the keys and the matte silver function buttons.’