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Meaning of METTLE

Pronunciation:  'metl

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball"

METTLE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: heart, nerve, spunk
 See Also: bravery, courage, courageousness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Met"tle\, n. [E. metal, used in a tropical sense in
allusion to the temper of the metal of a sword blade. See
Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards
honor, courage, fortitude, ardor, etc.; disposition; --
usually in a good sense.

      A certain critical hour which shall . . . try what
      mettle his heart is made of.             --South.

      Gentlemen of brave mettle.               --Shak.

      The winged courser, like a generous horse, Shows most
      true mettle when you check his course.   --Pope.

{To put one one's mettle}, to cause or incite one to use
   one's best efforts.

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