[ steel ]
/ stil /
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM steelsteel·like, adjectivepre·steel, noun, adjective
Words nearby steel
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Example sentences from the Web for steeler
Knowing almost nothing of football, he had the random foresight to examine the Steeler legend's brain.
British Dictionary definitions for steeler (1 of 2)
/ (stiːl) /
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)
British Dictionary definitions for steeler (2 of 2)
/ (stiːl) /
- 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
Derived forms of steelsteely, adjectivesteeliness, noun
Word Origin for steel
Old English stēli; related to Old High German stehli, Middle Dutch stael
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Scientific definitions for steeler
[ 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 steeler
In addition to the idiom beginning with steel
- steel one's heart against
- mind like a steel trap
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