Definition of metallurgy in English:


Pronunciation /mɪˈtalədʒi//ˈmɛt(ə)ˌləːdʒi/


mass noun
  • The branch of science and technology concerned with the properties of metals and their production and purification.

    ‘the constituents of bronze can be scientifically analysed to gain information on ancient metallurgy’
    • ‘The same improvements in lenses, chemistry and metallurgy that made the artillery of World War One possible also provided for a new generation of lightweight cameras, starting in 1897 with the Pocket Kodak.’
    • ‘They serve as an important contemporary counterpoint to the cases below that are devoted to Africa's long history of agriculture, metallurgy, and ceramic production.’
    • ‘Heavy industry was favoured against light industry, with engineering, metallurgy, energy (electricity/oil) and chemicals absorbing the lion's share of the funds.’
    • ‘He earned a doctorate in metallurgy and material sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in metallurgy engineering and material science from the University of Notre Dame.’
    • ‘Gutenberg's was a technological invention, drawing on advances in metallurgy, enabling the production of individual letters cut first into a punch and then cast in metal from a matrix in a mould.’
    • ‘I got a degree in industrial technology with specialties in metallurgy and power mechanization.’
    • ‘By the mid-nineteenth century, advances in physics, chemistry, metallurgy, and ballistics were influencing the manufacture of weapons.’
    • ‘The leading industries are steel, machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aeronautics, electronics, mining, and textiles.’
    • ‘These days they are important catalysts, particularly in the petroleum industry, they are used to colour glass, and are employed in metallurgy to give special properties to alloys.’
    • ‘The formulation of electrode coatings is very complex and while it is not an exact science it is based on well-established principles of metallurgy, chemistry, and physics, tempered with experience.’
    • ‘The bursary scheme initially started in 1979 with six beneficiaries in the fields of engineering, medicine, metallurgy, mining and human resources.’
    • ‘When did iron metallurgy and production spread over China?’
    • ‘The forum featured about 30 German companies operating mainly in the production of equipment for viticulture and wine making, in electronics, metallurgy and tourism.’
    • ‘‘In fact, it is the precision tooling, metallurgy and technology that goes into making a good gun that interests us rather than the destructive power of the weapon,’ says an enthusiast.’
    • ‘Some schools in the early 19th century had wide curricula, including geography, physics, metallurgy and European languages.’
    • ‘Specializing in precision metalworking, he was in a position to render the fledgling gunmaker expert advice on metallurgy and production efficiency.’
    • ‘Like brazing and other joining processes, soldering involves several fields of science, including mechanics, chemistry and metallurgy.’
    • ‘This maritime revolution of steam and steel rested on the wider base of rapid improvements in metallurgy, precision engineering, and mechanical design that were part of the industrial revolution.’
    • ‘His descriptions of assaying, smelting procedures, refining, production of glass and other processes in metallurgy and geological chemistry were used for over two centuries.’
    • ‘Major export categories include chemical and petroleum products, machinery, electronics, mining and metallurgy, textiles and clothing, and processed food, beverages, and tobacco.’


Early 18th century: from Greek metallon ‘metal’ + -ourgia ‘working’.