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steel wool

a tangled or matted mass of stringlike steel shavings, used for scouring, polishing, smoothing, etc.
Origin of steel wool
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • steel wool is made by turning off fine shavings from the edges of a number of thin discs of steel, held together in a lathe.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • If the grain is raised, sandpaper lightly, or rub with steel wool and then with boiled oil.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for steel wool

steel wool

a tangled or woven mass of fine steel fibres, used for cleaning or polishing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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