stainless steel

Origin of stainless steel

First recorded in 1915–20
Also called stainless. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stainless steel

Contemporary Examples of stainless steel

  • A stainless-steel refrigerator, which normally costs more than five years' worth of Ms Peñaloza's rent, fills the cramped kitchen.

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    Here's How a Real Socialist Holds Power

    Justin Green

    October 2, 2012

  • When the last olives have yielded their golden oils, they are left to settle for two weeks in stainless-steel tanks.

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    Harvesting EVOO Down Under

    Jeremy Meltzer

    April 27, 2011

  • Finally, the wine is transferred by bucket to oak barrels or stainless-steel casks.

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    An Old-Fashioned Wine Harvest

    Sophie Menin

    October 18, 2010

  • For the same reason a Hummer had cost a fortune: It comes with spinning hubcaps and stainless-steel grill guards.

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    The Great Cabernet Ripoff

    Keith Wallace

    July 14, 2009

  • I showered and washed my hair… Each dorm had a bathroom with eight showers—vinyl-curtained, stainless-steel stalls.

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    First Day Out of Prison

    John Forté

    January 26, 2009

Historical Examples of stainless steel

  • There, half hidden behind a row of stainless-steel basin assemblies, was a nine-inch bowl.


    James Causey

  • A stainless-steel capsule popped into the transparent wall dock.

    The House from Nowhere

    Arthur G. Stangland

  • About fifty feet up he could make out the smooth, stainless-steel connecting ring where the second stage joined the first.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for stainless steel

stainless steel

    1. 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
    2. (as modifier)stainless-steel cutlery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stainless steel

1917, a chromium-steel alloy (usually 14% chromium) used for cutlery, etc., so called because it is highly resistant to rust or tarnish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stainless steel in Science

stainless steel

  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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