- 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 steelsfortify, gird, brace, prepare, strengthen, embolden, encourage, hearten, harden, cheer, reinforce, inspirit, ready, rally, animate
Examples from the Web for steels
Historical Examples of steels
That's his idea, and he is busy on a model made out of the steels of his wife's stays.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Steels, Concordia, with doves on square and astronomical globe.
All are expectant She wavers again, and steels herself to resolution.Theft
Before you white people came with your flints and steels, we had it.With the Indians in the Rockies
James Willard Schultz
It's kitchen-day, and I do my steels and brasses before breakfast.Dimbie and I--and Amelia
- stock exchange shares and bonds of steel companies
- 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
Word Origin and History for steels
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.
Idioms and Phrases with steels
In addition to the idiom beginning with steel
- steel one's heart against
- mind like a steel trap