any of various modified forms of iron, artificially produced, having a carbon content less than that of pig iron and more than that of wrought iron, and having qualities of hardness, elasticity, and strength varying according to composition and heat treatment: generally categorized as having a high, medium, or low-carbon content.
a thing or things made of this metal.
a flat strip of this metal used for stiffening, especially in corsets; stay.
a bar of this metal that has one end formed to hold a bit for driving through rock.
steels, stocks or bonds of companies producing this metal.
a rounded rod of ridged steel, fitted with a handle and used especially for sharpening knives.
pertaining to or made of steel.
like steel in color, hardness, or strength.
to fit with steel, as by pointing, edging, or overlaying.
to cause to resemble steel in some way.
to render insensible, inflexible, unyielding, determined, etc.: He steeled himself to perform the dangerous task.
- steellike, adjective
- pre·steel, noun, adjective
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How to use steel in a sentence
This stainless steel dishwasher on wheels goes where you need it to go.
Each jar was topped with a steel cone into which dogs could put their muzzles.Viral scents? Dogs sniff out coronavirus in human sweat | Sharon Oosthoek | August 19, 2020 | Science News For Students
Brazil and South Korea aggressively expanded steel production.
The steel columns that supported the upper-deck overhang and coverings obstructed views of the action.MLB’s Newest Ballpark Is A Shift Away From Retro-Era Stadiums | Travis Sawchik | July 16, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
With a laser cutter, they cut some of the patterns into stainless steel and tested them.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
We made big things like steel for ships and tractors and turbines for hydroelectric plants.
Then, from a pocket inside his camouflage top, he pulled a hidden stainless steel flask.
Now the lead breacher explained how he cut through the steel doors bin Laden used to seal himself into the compound at night.
We sat in rows of grey steel fold out chairs that faced a model of the compound in Abbottabad.
A leather swordbelt, gold-embroidered at the edges, carried a long steel-halted rapier in a leather scabbard chaped with steel.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
His nose was hooked and rather large, his eyes were blue, bright as steel, and set a trifle wide.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
A colossal steam "traveller" had ceaselessly carried great blocks of stone and long steel girders from point to point.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
He saw a large building, in front of which were long, slender strips of shining steel.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
Woe to the man that first did teach the cursed steel to bite in his own flesh, and make way to the living spirit.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for steel (1 of 2)
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
something that is made of steel
a steel stiffener in a corset, etc
a ridged steel rod with a handle used for sharpening knives
the quality of hardness, esp with regard to a person's character or attitudes
stock exchange the quotation for steel shares: See also steels
(modifier) resembling steel: steel determination
to fit, plate, edge, or point with steel
to make hard and unfeeling: he steeled his heart against her sorrow; he steeled himself for the blow
- steely, adjective
- steeliness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Steel (2 of 2)
Danielle, full name Danielle Fernande Schüelein-Steel. born 1950, US writer of romantic fiction
Baron David (Martin Scott). born 1938, British politician; leader of the Liberal Party (1976–88); Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (1999–2003)
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Scientific definitions for steel
Any of various hard, strong, flexible alloys of iron and carbon. Often, other metals are added to give steel a particular property, such as chromium and nickel to make it stainless. Steel is widely used in many kinds of tools and as a structural material in building.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with steel
In addition to the idiom beginning with steel
- steel one's heart against
- mind like a steel trap
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