This is a really useful definition. NOT --CatWatcher 16:14, 6 April 2007 (EDT)
see the definition from Wikipedia for what sort of entry should be required here:
"In chemistry, a metal is an element that readily loses electrons to form positive ions and has metallic bonds between metal atoms. Metals form ionic bonds with non-metals. Metals are sometimes described as a lattice of positive ions surrounded by a cloud of delocalized electrons. The metals are one of the three groups of elements as distinguished by their ionization and bonding properties, along with the metalloids and nonmetals. On the periodic table, a diagonal line drawn from boron (B) to polonium (Po) separates the metals from the nonmetals. Most elements on this line are metalloids, sometimes called semi-metals; elements to the lower left are metals; elements to the upper right are nonmetals."
Defining a metal as shiny and solid is totally inadequate, not to say wrong. Why has this not been picked up? Lead is dull via oxidation about 5 minutes after it is cut; mercury is liquid at room temperature.
--CatWatcher 14:25, 7 April 2007 (EDT)