precious metal


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precious metal

n.
Any of several metals, including gold and platinum, that have high economic value.

precious metal

n
any of the metals gold, silver, or platinum

pre′cious met′al


n.
a metal of the gold, silver, or platinum group.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.precious metal - any of the less common and valuable metals often used to make coins or jewelryprecious metal - any of the less common and valuable metals often used to make coins or jewelry
valuable - something of value; "all our valuables were stolen"
bullion - a mass of precious metal
gold - coins made of gold
silver - coins made of silver
Translations
مَعْدَن ثمين
drahý kov
ædelmetal
nemesfém
dÿrmætur
metal precioso
drahý kov
değerli maden

precious metal

nEdelmetall nt

precious

(ˈpreʃəs) adjective
of great value. precious jewels.
precious metal
a valuable metal such as gold, silver or platinum.
precious stone
a jewel; a gem. diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones.
precious few/little
very few/little. I've precious little money left.
References in classic literature ?
No sooner said than done; but all his joy was turned to grief when he found that his neighbour had two rooms full of the precious metal.
In the meantime he would carry as much of the precious metal to the summit of the kopje as he could.
The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.
He had bracelets of gold upon his arms, and a broad collar of the same precious metal around his neck.
From whence came this precious metal, which represented an enormous sum?
The face of the entire cliff was, as later inspection conclusively proved, so shot with veins and patches of solid gold as to quite present the appearance of a solid wall of that precious metal except where it was broken by outcroppings of ruby, emerald, and diamond boulders--a faint and alluring indication of the vast and unguessable riches which lay deeply buried behind the magnificent surface.
In place of the usual deer-skin belt, he wore around his body a tarnished silken sash of the most gaudy colours; the buck-horn haft of his knife was profusely decorated with plates of silver; the marten's fur of his cap was of a fineness and shadowing that a queen might covet; the buttons of his rude and soiled blanket-coat were of the glittering coinage of Mexico; the stock of his rifle was of beautiful mahogany, riveted and banded with the same precious metal, and the trinkets of no less than three worthless watches dangled from different parts of his person.
In the Galu Du-seen and his warriors I saw something of the explanation of the term "golden race" which is applied to them, for their ornaments and weapons were either wholly of beaten gold or heavily decorated with the precious metal.
The binding was of blue velvet, with clasps of silver worked in beautiful arabesque patterns, and with a lock of the same precious metal to protect the book from prying eyes.
Here you have as much of me in my ugliness as if I were only lead; but I am so many ounces of precious metal worth so much an ounce;--wouldn't you like to melt me down?
The dishes were of precious metals set with brilliant jewels and the good things to eat which were placed upon them were countless in number and of exquisite flavor.
TWO leading objects of commercial gain have given birth to wide and daring enterprise in the early history of the Americas; the precious metals of the South, and the rich peltries of the North.