verb (used with object)
- steel band,
- steel blue,
- steel drum,
- steel engraving,
- steel gray
Origin of steel
Examples from the Web for steel
As a major source for steel during World War II, Sheffield was a frequent target of bombing raids.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We made big things like steel for ships and tractors and turbines for hydroelectric plants.
Now the lead breacher explained how he cut through the steel doors bin Laden used to seal himself into the compound at night.
The rest is going to wherever that steel is getting outsourced.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL|Jack Holmes|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.
The dirigible is now connected with the head of the mooring mast by a long length of steel wire rope.Flying the Atlantic in Sixteen Hours|Arthur Whitten Brown
As long ago as 1774, Rinman observed that steel alloyed with manganese is non-magnetic.Inventors at Work|George Iles
The tank is of wrought iron or steel with strengthening pieces of angle iron.The Bacillus of Long Life|Loudon Douglas
All this happen'd while a man could count twenty; and in half a minute I heard the ring of steel and was standing in the doorway.The Splendid Spur|Arthur T. Quiller Couch
The stars were blue as steel in the moonless sky above the arc-lamps; and a cold parching wind had sprung up.Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
- any of various alloys based on iron containing carbon (usually 0.1–1.7 per cent) and often small quantities of other elements such as phosphorus, sulphur, manganese, chromium, and nickel. Steels exhibit a variety of properties, such as strength, machinability, malleability, etc, depending on their composition and the way they have been treated
- (as modifier)steel girders See also stainless steel
Word Origin for steel
Old English style, from West Germanic adjective *stakhlijan "made of steel" (cf. Old Saxon stehli, Old Norse, Middle Low German stal, Danish staal, Swedish stål, Middle Dutch stael, Dutch staal, Old High German stahal, German Stahl), related to *stakhla "standing fast," from PIE *stek-lo-, from root *stak- "to stand, place, be firm" (see stay (n.1)). No corresponding word exists outside Germanic except those likely borrowed from Germanic languages. Steel wool is attested from 1896.
"make hard or strong like steel," 1580s, figurative, from steel (n.). Related: Steeled; steeling.
In addition to the idiom beginning with steel
- steel one's heart against
- mind like a steel trap