Me*tal"lic(?), a. [L. metallicus, fr. metallum: cf. F. mtallique. See Metal.] 1. Of or pertaining to a metal; of the nature of metal; resembling metal; as, a metallic appearance; a metallic alloy.
(Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or characterized by, the essential and implied properties of a metal, as contrasted with a nonmetal or metalloid; conductive of electricity; basic; forming positive ions in solution; antacid.
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Metallic iron, iron in the state of the metal, as distinquished from its ores, as magnetic iron. --
Metallic paper, paper covered with a thin solution of lime, whiting, and size. When written upon with a pewter or brass pencil, the lines can hardly be effaced. --
(Med.), a sound heard in the chest, when a cavity communicating with the air passages contains both air and liquid.
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