steel

[steel]

noun

adjective

pertaining to or made of steel.
like steel in color, hardness, or strength.

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. stech,
  2. stechhelm,
  3. stedfast,
  4. steed,
  5. steek,
  6. steel band,
  7. steel blue,
  8. steel drum,
  9. steel engraving,
  10. steel gray

Origin of steel

before 900; (noun) Middle English stele, Old English (north) stēle; cognate with Dutch staal, German Stahl, Old Norse stāl; (v.) Middle English stelen, Old English styled edged with steel, derivative of the noun

Related formssteel·like, adjectivepre·steel, noun, adjective

Can be confusedsteal steel stele

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British Dictionary definitions for steel

steel

noun

  1. 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
  2. (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 sharesSee also steels
(modifier) resembling steelsteel determination

verb (tr)

to fit, plate, edge, or point with steel
to make hard and unfeelinghe steeled his heart against her sorrow; he steeled himself for the blow
Derived Formssteely, adjectivesteeliness, noun

Word Origin for steel

Old English stēli; related to Old High German stehli, Middle Dutch stael

Steel

noun

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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Word Origin and History for steel
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Science definitions for steel

steel

[stēl]

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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Idioms and Phrases with steel

steel

In addition to the idiom beginning with steel

  • steel one's heart against

also see:

  • mind like a steel trap
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