plow steel

noun

Definition of plow steel

: steel of high quality containing 0.5 to 0.95 percent carbon and used especially for wire made into rope

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History and Etymology for plow steel

probably so called from the use of strong wire rope in the formerly common procedure of plowing fields with a gangplow pulled by a steam engine

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“Plow steel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plow%20steel. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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