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alloy steel

carbon steel to which various elements, as chromium, cobalt, copper, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, tungsten, or vanadium, have been added in sufficient amounts to obtain desirable physical and chemical properties.
Origin of alloy steel
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Take a brain made up of super-charged magnetic crystals enclosed in a leaden cranium and shielded by alloy steel.

  • alloy steel has a varying but small percentage of other elements mixed with it to give certain desired qualities.

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