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.
An example of steel used as an adjective is in the phrase "a steel hold," which means an extremely firm hold on something.
An example of steel is the material used to make girders to build bridges.
He steeled himself for disappointment.
- (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.
- (dialectical) A flat iron.
Steel is not so good as Iron for Medicinal Operation.
The Doctor tells me I must go into a Course of Steel, tho I have not the Spleen.
I...am really only kept alive by steel.
I have found a singular Virtue in Steel drops, prÃ¦pared after my Mode.
I...take some nasty steel drops, & may head has been bettr.
When God...draws aside his curtain, and shows his arsenal and his armory, full of arrows steeled with wrath.
It was the common notion...that the art of steeling tools in the highest degree of perfection was certainly lost to the moderns.
Bastile, generally called for shortnes, the steel a cant name for the House of Correction, Cold-Bath-Fields, London.
Origin of steel
- Middle English stel from Old English stȳle, stēl
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").