heavy metal



  • Any metal that has a specific gravity greater than about 5, especially one, such as lead, that is poisonous and may be a hazard in the environment.
  • A genre descended from rock music, characterized by massive sound, highly amplified distortion, and overall loudness, often with extended guitar solos, and lyrics that involve violent or fantastic imagery.
  • Guns or shot of large size.
  • Great influence or power.


  • The origin of the music genre sense is often disputed; it was used by William S. Burroughs in Soft Machine and Nova Express and various music critics claim to have coined it: Sandy Pearlman,{{cite-magazine
  • |work=Crawdaddy
  • |author=Sandy Pearlman
  • |authorlink=Sandy Pearlman
  • |title=Review of the Byrds song “Artificial Energy”
  • |year=1968
  • Lester Bangs and Mike Saunders.{{cite-magazine
  • |author=Mike Saunders
  • |authorlink=Mike Saunders
  • |work=Rolling Stone
  • |title=Review of Humble Pie's As Safe As Yesterday Is
  • |date=November 12, 1970
  • {{cite-book
  • |title=Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music
  • |author=William Phillips
  • |author2=Brian Cogan
  • |isbn=0313348014
  • |publisher=ABC-CLIO
  • |year=2009
  • |page=3
  • |pageurl=https://books.google.de/books?id=52hFCQAAQBAJ&lpg=PA4&pg=PA3#v=onepage&f=false

Modern English dictionary

Explore and search massive catalog of over 900,000 word meanings.

Word of the Day

Get a curated memorable word every day.

Challenge yourself

Level up your vocabulary by setting personal goals.

And much more

Try out Vedaist now.