stain·​less | \ ˈstān-ləs How to pronounce stainless (audio) \

Definition of stainless

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : free from stain or stigma the stainless purity of his boyish life— Oscar Wilde
2a : highly resistant to stain or corrosion
b : made from materials resistant to stain stainless silverware



Definition of stainless (Entry 2 of 2)

: tableware made of stainless steel

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Other Words from stainless


stainlessly adverb

Examples of stainless in a Sentence

Adjective nothing less than a perfectly stainless sheet of parchment would do for a diploma
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The kitchen is equipped with brick flooring, a large island, granite countertops, custom cabinets, new stainless-steel appliances (including double ovens and a Sub-Zero refrigerator) and a full-size desk. Dallas News, 18 July 2021 Leatherman has heavy-duty stainless-steel multitools ($129.95) has 21 tools, including wire cutters and scissors. oregonlive, 16 July 2021 In this part of the apartment is another kitchen, also with wood cabinets and stainless-steel appliances, as well as an eating area and a pantry. Vivian Marino, New York Times, 16 July 2021 Among other innovations in the Hustler is the considerable use of aluminum or stainless-steel honeycomb in the basic structure. Thomas E. Stimson, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2021 Bodies propped up against the stainless-steel track signage. Diana Budds, Curbed, 14 July 2021 The stainless-steel design weighs about 24 pounds and includes foldable legs for easy portability. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2021 The gorgeous dial is accented by luminescent hands and white gold hour markers, while the stainless-steel case and bracelet feature both satin brushing and polishing. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 7 July 2021 The 16-foot tall stainless-steel structure depicts a white oval with black slashes painted across on a sprocket, atop red and white block-style posts. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 3 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And stainless steel remains the top choice for appliances, in 70% of new kitchens, followed by black stainless at 10%. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 22 Jan. 2021 Today’s stainless are nearly as slick and smooth as the best chrome-moly with the bonus of minimizing rust. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 2 Nov. 2020 Our experts dubbed it the best of the best thanks to the fact that the pots and pans are made of durable stainless, are easy to handle, and conduct heat evenly for better cooking. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2020 The home’s design plan included granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, a fireplace, wine cooler and a hidden storage room. Tom Krisher And Ed White, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2020 That's where this stainless-steel canteen by Zojirushi Travel Mug comes in. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, 6 June 2020 There are new stainless-steel and chef-quality appliances and an island range. oregonlive, 5 June 2020 The stainless-steel pedals with rubber inserts look great but become slippery when wet. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, 1 June 2020 Brooklyn | Studio $400,000 285 Fifth Avenue, No. 2A, Park Slope A 375-square-foot prewar co-op, with a sleeping alcove, hardwood floors, a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a walk-in closet in a non-doorman walk-up building. New York Times, 31 May 2020

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First Known Use of stainless


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stainless was circa 1586

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“Stainless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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