Steel meaning

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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To cover, plate, edge, or point with steel.
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Great strength, hardness, or toughness.
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(uncountable) An artificial metal produced from iron, harder and more elastic than elemental iron; used figuratively as a symbol of hardness.
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Similar to steel in color, strength, &c.; steely.
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Of a steel gray.
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To make hard, strong, or obdurate; strengthen.

He steeled himself for disappointment.

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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.
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Something made of steel.
  • (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.
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Shares of stock in steel-making companies.
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Of or like steel.
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To cover or edge with steel.
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To make hard, tough, unfeeling, etc.
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Any of various hard, strong, flexible alloys of iron and carbon. Often, other metals are added to give steel a particular property, such as chromium and nickel to make it stainless. Steel is widely used in many kinds of tools and as a structural material in building.
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(countable) The part made from this metal, in reference to anything.
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1704, J. Harris, Lexicon Technicum, L.

Steel is not so good as Iron for Medicinal Operation.

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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.

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1866, Princess Alice, Mem., 158

I...am really only kept alive by steel.

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(countable) Varieties of this metal.
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(uncountable, colors) The gray hue of this metal; steel-gray.
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(business) Of or belonging to the manufacture or trade in steel.
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1675, G. Harvey, Dis. of London, XXIV"‰264

I have found a singular Virtue in Steel drops, præpared after my Mode.

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1713 Feb 17, Jonathan Swift, Journal to Stella, II"‰622

I...take some nasty steel drops, & may head has been bettr.

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(printing) Engraved on steel.
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To edge, cover, or point with steel.
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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.

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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.

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To harden or strengthen; to nerve or make obdurate; to fortify against.
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(dialectical) To press with a flat iron.
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(uncommon) To cause to resemble steel in appearance.
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To steelify; to turn iron into steel.
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To sharpen with a steel.
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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.

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Something, such as a sword, that is made of steel.
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A quality suggestive of this alloy, especially a hard, unflinching character.
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Steel gray.
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Made of steel.
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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) stȳle (“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 stál), 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 𐬀𐬭𐬑𐬀𐬙𐬯 (staxra) "˜strong', Sanskrit [script?] (stákati) "˜resist, strike against'), related to Proto-Indo-European *sta- (“to stand").

    From Wiktionary

  • From French Bastille (“a French prison") via Cockney rhyming slang

    From Wiktionary