The quality of being intrepid; bravery.
*1877 , , page 11
- which involve the sharpest hazards to life and honour and the highest instant decisions and intrepidities of action.
* (bravery) boldness, braveness, bravery, fearlessness, fortitude, intrepidness, undauntedness, valour
A quality of endurance and courage.
* 360 BCE , , Book VIII.
* 1599 , '', act iv, scene 8 (''First Folio ed.)
- In the succeeding generation rulers will be appointed who have lost the guardian power of testing the metal of your different races, which, like Hesiod's, are of gold and silver and brass and iron.
* 2001 , Harry J. Alexandrowicz, Testing your Mettle: Tough Problems and Real-world Solutions for Middle and High School Teachers , page xiii
- By this Day and this Light, the fellow ha's mettell enough in his belly.
Good temperament and character.
* 1868 , , Bleak House
- Please read on and discover the issues in education that test the mettle of those who experience this world every day.
(obsolete) Metal; a metallic substance.
* 1837 , Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy , page 78
- The arrival of this unexpected heir soon taking wind in the court, still makes good for the Sol, and keeps the court upon its mettle .
- They have neither gold nor silver of their own, wine nor oyl, or scarce any corn growing in those United Provinces, little or no wood, tin, lead, iron, silk, wooll, any stuff almost, or mettle ; and yet Hungary, Transilvania, that brag of their mines, fertile England, cannot compare with them.
* (quality of endurance and courage) courage, heart, spirit