Met"tle (?), n. [E. metal, used in a tropical sense in allusion to the temper of the metal of a sword blade. See Metal.]

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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