verb (used with object)
Origin of steel
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
- 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