verb (used with object)
Origin of steel
Related Words for steelfortify, gird, brace, prepare, strengthen, embolden, encourage, hearten, harden, cheer, reinforce, inspirit, ready, rally, animate
Examples from the Web for steel
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 23, 2014
We made big things like steel for ships and tractors and turbines for hydroelectric plants.Christmas Is the New Subprime
December 9, 2014
Now the lead breacher explained how he cut through the steel doors bin Laden used to seal himself into the compound at night.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
The rest is going to wherever that steel is getting outsourced.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Historical Examples of steel
Her struggles met only the unbending, pitiless resistance of steel.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The doctor there speaks of 'our steel pens,' as if they were not at all uncommon.
The man said he was going to get the strips rolled to make into steel pens.
A helmet fell from his hands on the floor with a ring of steel.Viviette
William J. Locke
"Aye, it is the steel head-piece of the watchman," remarked the archer.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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