stainless steel


: an alloy of steel with chromium and sometimes another element (such as nickel or molybdenum) that is practically immune to rusting and ordinary corrosion

Examples of stainless steel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wine is aged almost exclusively in stainless steel, to preserve all that terroir, so there’s bright lemon blossom and almond on the nose, with a rich mouthfeel redolent of peaches, followed by a long toasty finish. Jeanne O'Brien Coffey, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Made of stainless steel, the spiral screw features grooved metal that helps the helix insert smoothly into the cork. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 Technically, the vessel does contain lead, but it's enclosed with stainless steel and should never come in contact with your drink or skin. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 2 Feb. 2024 Sunseeker also used quality materials throughout, with high-end finishes like carbon fiber, Calacatta quartz, bleached oak and stainless steel. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2024 An old-school stainless steel diner — formerly the Wythe Diner, on Wythe Avenue — is sold by the Ukrainian family who owned it to the proprietor of a West Village burrito joint. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2024 While the Stanley brand has been active since 1913, the stainless steel reusable water bottles have received viral attention on social media recently, while its 40-ounce Quencher cup — and accompanying limited-edition styles and colors — has garnered a cult-like following in the U.S. and globally. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 22 Jan. 2024 Tamara Rubin, an independent advocate for lead poisoning prevention and consumer goods safety, found leaded seals in other stainless steel bottles such as Thermoflask and Takeya. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 1 Feb. 2024 With its gull-wing doors and stainless steel body, the car looked like something from the future. Sarah Gish, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stainless steel was in 1917

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“Stainless steel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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stainless steel

: an alloy of steel and chromium that is highly resistant to stain, rust, and corrosion

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