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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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 My first suppressor was a Suppressed Armament Systems Arbiter, a solid, stainless-steel .30 caliber can, rated for .300 Win. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Why Every Hunter and Recreational Shooter Should Own a Suppressor," 9 Jan. 2020 Neil Kelly designers like alternatives to white and stainless appliances and also see matte black or graphite as stylish. oregonlive, "Oregon home design trends deliver a fresh look in 2020," 8 Jan. 2020 The price is fairly modest for a quality fly reel these days, yet the Animas has features usually seen on much more expensive models, including a composite disc drag with a stainless interface and a lightweight spool and frame design. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Year," 26 Nov. 2019 The results when the Sharrow prop was tested on the same boat with the same engine and a variety of props were impressive, with the Sharrow besting several well-known industry-leading stainless props. Frank Sargeant, al, "New boat propeller promises more speed, efficiency," 25 Dec. 2019 The 20-ounce coffee and Slurpee cups and 30-ounce Big Gulp cups are stainless-steel Tervis tumblers with a unique design and come with a collector’s box. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Chipotle giving away free burritos with 'Holiday Extravaganza' Instagram posts," 11 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The kitchen gives some dishes finer-dining flourishes, and ceramic plates, cloth napkins and stainless-steel flatware reinforce the upscale vibe. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How our newest movie-dining options - Silverspot and Movie Tavern - stack up in meal quality," 21 Jan. 2020 The kitchen provides stainless-steel appliances, a hood and island. Dallas News, "Firm sells most estates in Dallas County, per MLS," 19 Jan. 2020 That's where this stainless-steel mug by Zojirushi comes in. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 14 Jan. 2020 An oversize chandelier hangs over a dark-stained island and stainless-steel bib-front farm sink. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "From foreclosure to fabulous. Take a look at this Peoria home," 9 Jan. 2020 Chopard The red-lacquered dial on the stainless-steel Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Zagato 100th Anniversary is limited to 100 pieces. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Red Watch Alert: 8 Timepieces To Pair With a Maroon Tux," 9 Jan. 2020 Thin, stainless-steel blades are easily changed in the field, eliminating the need to sharpen. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Reasons to Get a Replaceable-Blade Knife," 3 Jan. 2020 The original, with a stainless-steel handle, is $60 and a 50-pack of #60A blades is $30. Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 Starting as early as February, it will be disassembled, cleaned, repaired piece by piece and rebuilt on a new concrete and stainless-steel frame in the first phase of the four-year Alamo project. Scott Huddleston,, "Demonstrators warn they will use force to stop Alamo Cenotaph move," 27 Dec. 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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26 Jan 2020

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“Stainless.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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