stainless steel

  1. alloy steel containing 12 percent or more chromium, so as to be resistant to rust and attack from various chemicals.

Origin of stainless steel

First recorded in 1915–20

Words Nearby stainless steel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stainless steel in a sentence

  • Then, from a pocket inside his camouflage top, he pulled a hidden stainless steel flask.

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  • These sculptures are in his typical style—figures molded out of colorful stainless steel with striking luminosity.

  • Manufacturers, says the Wall Street Journal, are on a full-fledged hunt for the next stainless steel.

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

    Beyond Stainless | Megan McArdle | October 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Swanson reluctantly followed him through the tangled aisles of stainless steel columns and tanks.

  • It was a little stainless-steel aerosol canister that looked for all the world like a pepper-spray self-defense unit.

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  • It was strictly hospital all right; sere white and stainless steel as far as my esper could reach.

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  • So far as I could see, I was as useless to either side as a coat of protective paint laid on stainless steel.

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  • Inside the measuring cup is a chrome or stainless steel dish, fitting the sides of the cup very tightly.

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British Dictionary definitions for stainless steel

stainless steel

    • a type of steel resistant to corrosion as a result of the presence of large amounts of chromium (12–15 per cent). The carbon content depends on the application, being 0.2–0.4 per cent for steel used in cutlery, etc, and about 1 per cent for use in scalpels and razor blades

    • (as modifier): stainless-steel cutlery

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Scientific definitions for stainless steel

stainless steel

[ stānlĭs ]

  1. Any of various alloys of iron that contain chromium, nickel, and small amounts of carbon. They may also contain minor amounts of other elements, such as molybdenum. Stainless steel is resistant to rusting and corrosion.

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