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high-speed steel

an especially hard, heat-resistant steel for use in lathe tools and for other applications involving high friction and wear.
Origin of high-speed steel
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The cutter a is a piece of high-speed steel beveled on the cutting end to produce a keen edge.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • The high-speed steel cutter is ground to take a side cut on the end of the bar.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for high-speed steel

high-speed steel

any of various steels that retain their hardness at high temperatures and are thus suitable for making tools used on lathes and other high-speed machines
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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