• synonyms

stainless steel

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

Origin of stainless steel

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

Examples from the Web for stainless steel

Contemporary Examples of stainless steel

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
Show More
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.

Show More
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.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.