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stainless

[steyn-lis] /ˈsteɪn lɪs/
adjective
1.
having no stain; spotless.
2.
made of stainless steel.
3.
resistant to staining, rusting, the corrosive effect of chemicals, etc.
noun
4.
flatware made of stainless steel.
Origin of stainless
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; stain + -less
Related forms
stainlessly, adverb
stainlessness, noun
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Examples from the Web for stainless
Contemporary Examples
  • Just as we had the housing bubble, we now seem to be at the apex of the stainless steel bubble.

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
  • stainless signalled higher BTUs coming out of the burners, bigger ovens, and so forth.

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
  • This has complicated the quest for a stainless steel replacement; finishes like "oiled bronze" have already come and gone.

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
  • A year later, casual perusal of HGTV and design catalogues indicates that the rich are indeed moving away from stainless.

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
  • Are we finally nearing the end of stainless steel's kitchen dominance?

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
Historical Examples
  • She would have given every hope she had in the world, just then, for Sidney's stainless past.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • So without blood-guiltiness they get their end, yet stainless go to God.

  • And so passed away the soul of a mighty warrior and a stainless priest.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Chief of warriors art thou, and stainless flower of knighthood!'

    King Arthur's Knights

    Henry Gilbert
  • A man of stainless virtue, or how can he reach the pure ideal?

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
British Dictionary definitions for stainless

stainless

/ˈsteɪnlɪs/
adjective
1.
resistant to discoloration, esp discoloration resulting from corrosion; rust-resistant: stainless steel
2.
having no blemish: a stainless reputation
noun
3.
stainless steel
Derived Forms
stainlessly, adverb
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