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 Through the dining room at left is the eat-in kitchen, which sports newer stainless appliances but older cabinets., "$439,000," 9 Nov. 2019 The galley kitchen features white solid wood cabinets, a ceramic tile floor, track lighting, a double sink, a bead-board backsplash, white and stainless-steel appliances, a breakfast nook, and glass doors to the backyard and built-in pool. John Ellement, Real Estate, "Home of the Week: For under $450,000, a former parsonage in Wrentham," 25 Sep. 2019 The kitchen has been updated with a granite counter and a granite backsplash, upper glass-faced cabinetry, a coffered ceiling and stainless appliances including a Samsung range. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Space, light, 2 master bedrooms make this Almaden Valley home a catch," 24 Sep. 2019 The kitchen has stainless appliances, hardwood floors, and a bath with laundry in what was once a butler’s pantry., "84 FOSDYKE ROAD / PROVIDENCE," 14 Sep. 2019 The Camp Coffee Kit includes a 32-ounce French press, two stainless steel cups, coffee scoop, one Airscape stainless container (for transporting beans or grounds) and handy carry bag. $145. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 20 Aug. 2019 But since there’s only one set of cars going into service for the time being, the chances of catching a ride on the shiny, stainless-steel vehicles could be hit-or-miss. Steve Annear,, "This website lets you track down — and hop on — the new Orange Line cars," 13 Aug. 2019 Hook requirements: Non-stainless circle hooks are required when using natural bait for gulf reef fish. al, "Saltwater fishing limits change Aug. 1; new fee in 2020," 30 July 2019 Enter through a mudroom off the deck into a bright, remodeled kitchen with banquette seating, stainless appliances, and stylish light fixtures. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes with built-in bench seating in Hull and Easton," 26 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Put the turkey meat, onion, parsley, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a food processor fitted with the stainless-steel blade. Wolfgang Puck,, "Turkey croquettes can transform your Thanksgiving leftovers," 12 Nov. 2019 Splurge on stainless-steel dishwasher interiors that don’t absorb bad smells and variable temperature beer drawers with quick-access panels. oregonlive, "What home upgrade is totally worth the price? Experts and Reddit weigh in," 11 Nov. 2019 The technology is more expensive: A stainless-steel pressurized unit can cost from $175,000 for a basic unit to $500,000 for a high-end unit, while a cremation unit costs about $110,000. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 8 Nov. 2019 These include recipes for concrete that is less permeable to water, and rebars made from rust-resistant materials such as stainless-steel or composites. The Economist, "A pair of Australian bridges try to cure concrete cancer," 2 Nov. 2019 Malinauskas opened the second box, which contained a Bell & Ross Regulateur with a big, moony face and a stainless-steel bezel. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, "TheRealReal’s Online Luxury Consignment Shop," 14 Oct. 2019 Guests could pull a line out of a stainless-steel disc on one wall and attach it to a receptacle on another. Steve Bailey, New York Times, "8 Tips for Hotels, From a Hotel Guest," 9 Oct. 2019 The remodeled kitchen features new stainless-steel appliances and quartz countertops and backsplash. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "Former MLB slugger Gary Sheffield hopes his Florida home is a hit," 7 Oct. 2019 The piece is now standing at the point where the soaring aluminum tubes and stainless-steel wires of Kenneth Snelson’s Needle Tower long reigned. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "Lee Ufan’s Transformative Sculptures Are in Dialogue With the Spaces They Inhabit," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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