any usually water-insoluble salt formed by the interaction of a fatty acid and a metal, especially lead or aluminum: used chiefly as a drier in paints and varnishes and for waterproofing textiles.
any one of a number of colloidal stearates, palmitates, or oleates of various metals, including aluminium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. They are used as bases for ointments, fungicides, fireproofing and waterproofing agents, and dryers for paints and varnishes
- Metallic wood-boring beetle
noun 1. any of numerous metallic green, blue, copper, or black beetles of the family Buprestidae, the larvae of which bore into the wood of trees.
[met-l-ahyd] /ˈmɛt lˌaɪd/ verb (used with object), metallided, metalliding. 1. to provide (a metal or alloy) with a diffused coating of a metal or metalloid by electrolysis at high temperature in order to impart a particular surface property to the base metal.
[met-l-if-er-uh s] /ˌmɛt lˈɪf ər əs/ adjective 1. containing or yielding metal. /ˌmɛtəˈlɪfərəs/ adjective 1. containing a high concentration of metallic elements: a metalliferous ore
[met-l-in, -ahyn] /ˈmɛt l ɪn, -ˌaɪn/ adjective 1. . 2. containing one or more metals or salts. /ˈmɛtəˌlaɪn/ adjective 1. of, resembling, or relating to metals 2. containing metals or metal ions