- 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 sword.
- 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.
Origin of steel
Related Words for steeledfortify, gird, brace, prepare, strengthen, embolden, encourage, hearten, harden, cheer, reinforce, inspirit, ready, rally, animate
Examples from the Web for steeled
Contemporary Examples of steeled
I steeled myself, expecting that she would need comfort and reassurance.The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’
Henry A. Crumpton
May 14, 2012
The operation was apparently intended to terrify the residents into leaving voluntarily, but instead it steeled their resolve.Iraq's Looming Massacre of Iranian MEK Refugees
December 9, 2011
Huntsman is a long shot, and his daughters are steeled for whatever the outcome.Those Surprising Huntsman Girls
Lloyd Grove, McKay Coppins
November 3, 2011
Historical Examples of steeled
She met my eye as unflinchingly as if her bosom had been steeled with conscious innocence.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
All this aroused his rancour now, and steeled his heart against the voice of honour.The Tavern Knight
A life of crime had steeled her soul against every merciful impression.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
Our hearts are not steeled, as are landsmen's, by daily habit.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
Jacques set his jaw firmly and steeled himself to do his duty.Fighting in France
- 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)
- 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 sharesSee also steels
- (modifier) resembling steelsteel determination
- 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
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.
- 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with steel
- steel one's heart against
- mind like a steel trap