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 On both sites, shoppers say this stunning, stainless-steel pick comes with a non-stick coating for easy cleanup and is big enough to prep meals for the whole family. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "6 great QVC deals you can shop right now," 11 July 2020 Plus, the sleek stainless-steel finish looks great with other modern appliances. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "This 6-in-1 Air Fryer by Instant Pot is Majorly Discounted on Amazon Today Only," 6 July 2020 This Thermos stainless-steel King 16-ounce thermos mug is just the thing. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday," 6 July 2020 The kitchen is an open-style that features an island, quartz counter tops, 42-inch white cabinetry with crown molding, a corner walk-in pantry and stainless-steel appliances. Houston Chronicle, "HistoryMaker Benefit home packed with amenities," 4 July 2020 With the brand’s famously effective double-wall insulation and stainless-steel, BP-free build, this 18-ounce water bottle is perfect for everyday use. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "A huge Hydro Flask sale is happening at Dick’s Sporting Goods," 2 July 2020 His experiment consisted of setting off consumer fireworks in a stainless-steel chamber, filtering the particles with a pump, then exposing human cells and mice to the particles. Megan Marples, CNN, "Some consumer fireworks emit high levels of lead and other toxins, a new study finds," 1 July 2020 The kitchen has a large island, stainless-steel appliances and plentiful cabinetry. Dallas News, "Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Plano office spotlights homes," 28 June 2020 Solo Stove is retiring its stainless-steel, 30-inch-wide Yukon fire pit to make way for a new 27-inch version. oregonlive, "Create summer camp at home, with or without a waterslide," 27 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "UAW accepts offer on Up North lake home built for ex-president," 11 June 2020 That's where this stainless-steel canteen by Zojirushi Travel Mug comes in. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 6 June 2020 There are new stainless-steel and chef-quality appliances and an island range. oregonlive, "10 tempting, crazy Oregon getaways when you’re ready to get out there," 5 June 2020 The stainless-steel pedals with rubber inserts look great but become slippery when wet. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2000 Audi TT Goes All-In on Style," 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, "Homes That Sold for Around $450,000," 31 May 2020 The two-story house, built in 2007 on a 6,098-square-foot lot on the end of quiet cul-de-sac, has new flooring, interior and exterior paint, stainless-steel kitchen appliances, four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,766 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "Portland’s foreclosed homes for sale: Don’t expect a flood of distressed properties," 23 May 2020 Combine the egg yolks and lemon juice in a stainless-steel bowl that will fit over the pot, whisking vigorously until the mixture has thickened and its volume has almost doubled. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Steelhead Wellington," 22 May 2020 The kitchen provides stainless-steel appliances, a six-burner stove top and oven, marble backsplash and Silgranit sink. Dallas News, "Victor Myers design ready in Flower Mound," 17 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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22 Jul 2020

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“Stainless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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