- The definition of steel is very strong.
An example of steel used as an adjective is in the phrase "a steel hold," which means an extremely firm hold on something.
- Steel is a hard metal made of iron, carbon and other metals.
An example of steel is the material used to make girders to build bridges.
- Steel is defined as to make with the strong substance made of iron and carbon, or to make something strong or tough or unfeeling.
- An example of steel is to sturdy up the foundation of a home.
- An example of steel is to have feelings that focus on being tough or unfeeling.
- a hard, tough metal composed of iron alloyed with various small percentages of carbon and often variously with other metals, as nickel, chromium, manganese, etc., to produce hardness, resistance to rusting, etc.
- something made of steel; specif.,
- Old Poet. a sword or dagger
- a piece of steel used with flint for making sparks
- a steel strip used for stiffening
- a roughened steel rod on which to sharpen knives
- great strength, hardness, or toughness
- [often pl.] shares of stock in steel-making companies
- Informal steel guitar
Origin of steelMiddle English stel from Old English stiele, stæli, akin to German stahl from Indo-European an unverified form stak-, to stand: see stay
- to cover or edge with steel
- to make hard, tough, unfeeling, etc.
- A generally hard, strong, durable, malleable alloy of iron and carbon, usually containing between 0.2 and 1.5 percent carbon, often with other constituents such as manganese, chromium, nickel, molybdenum, copper, tungsten, cobalt, or silicon, depending on the desired alloy properties, and widely used as a structural material.
- Something, such as a sword, that is made of steel.
- A quality suggestive of this alloy, especially a hard, unflinching character.
- Steel gray.
- a. Made with, relating to, or consisting of steel: steel beams; the steel industry; a bicycle with a steel frame.b. Very firm or strong: a steel grip.
- Of a steel gray.
transitive verbsteeled, steel·ing, steels
- To cover, plate, edge, or point with steel.
- To make hard, strong, or obdurate; strengthen: He steeled himself for disappointment.
Origin of steelMiddle English stel from Old English stéle, stēl
(countable and uncountable, plural steels)
- (uncountable) An artificial metal produced from iron, harder and more elastic than elemental iron; used figuratively as a symbol of hardness
- (countable) Any item made of this metal, particularly including:
- Bladed or pointed weapons, as swords, javelins, daggers
- A piece used for striking sparks from flint.
- A honing steel, a tool used to sharpen or hone metal blades
- (sewing) Pieces used to strengthen, support, or expand an item of clothing
- (dialectical) A flat iron
- (sewing, dialectical) A sewing needle; a knitting needle; a sharp metal stylus
- (printing) An engraving plate
- (sewing) A fringe of beads or decoration of this metal
- (music, guitar) A type of slide used while playing the steel guitar.
- (countable) The part made from this metal, in reference to anything
- 1704, J. Harris, Lexicon Technicum, L
- Steel is not so good as Iron for Medicinal Operation.
- 1712 Sept 18, Jonathan Swift, Journal to Stella, II"‰558
- The Doctor tells me I must go into a Course of Steel, tho I have not the Spleen.
- 1866, Princess Alice, Mem., 158
- I...am really only kept alive by steel.
- (countable) Varieties of this metal
- (uncountable, colors) The gray hue of this metal; steel-gray
- Made of steel
- Similar to steel in color, strength, &c.; steely
- (business) Of or belonging to the manufacture or trade in steel
- 1675, G. Harvey, Dis. of London, XXIV"‰264
- I have found a singular Virtue in Steel drops, prÃ¦pared after my Mode.
- 1713 Feb 17, Jonathan Swift, Journal to Stella, II"‰622
- I...take some nasty steel drops, & may head has been bettr.
- (printing) Engraved on steel
(third-person singular simple present steels, present participle steeling, simple past and past participle steeled)
- To edge, cover, or point with steel
- 1651, Bishop Jeremy Taylor, XXVIII Sermons Preacht at Golden Grove, Being for the Summer Half-year, XIX"‰248
- When God...draws aside his curtain, and shows his arsenal and his armory, full of arrows steeled with wrath.
- 1831, John Holland, A Treatise on the Progressive Improvement and Present State of the Manufactures in Metal, I"‰220
- It was the common notion...that the art of steeling tools in the highest degree of perfection was certainly lost to the moderns.
- To harden or strengthen; to nerve or make obdurate; to fortify against
- (dialectical) To press with a flat iron
- (uncommon) To cause to resemble steel in appearance
- To steelify; to turn iron into steel
- To electroplate an item, particularly an engraving plate, with a layer of iron
- To sharpen with a steel
From Middle English stele and stel, from Old English (North) stÄ“le, (South) stÈ³le (“the metal steel"), from Proto-Germanic *stahlijÄ… (“something made of steel") (compare West Frisian stiel), enlargement of *stahlÄ… (“the metal steel") (compare Dutch staal, German Stahl, Danish stÃ¥l, Icelandic stÃ¡l), from Proto-Germanic *stah- or *stag- (“to be firm, rigid"), from Proto-Indo-European *stak- (“to stay, to be firm") (compare Umbrian stakaz "˜upright, erected', Avestan ð¬€ð¬ð¬‘ð¬€ð¬™ð¬¯ (staxra) "˜strong', Sanskrit [script?] (stÃ¡kati) "˜resist, strike against'), related to Proto-Indo-European *sta- (“to stand").
- 1819, J. H. Vaux, New Vocab. Flash Lang. in Mem.
- Bastile, generally called for shortnes, the steel a cant name for the House of Correction, Cold-Bath-Fields, London.