stainless steel


Definition of 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

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See, up until the discovery of this watch about a decade ago, folks believed that Rolex only ever produced the manually wound Daytona in either stainless steel or yellow gold. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, "This Might Be the Rarest Rolex Ever Put Up for Auction," 13 Mar. 2018 Other styles include glass or acrylic panels set in a stainless steel or aluminum frame. Sarah Stebbins, ELLE Decor, "How To Choose The Best Kitchen Cabinets," 8 Apr. 2016 So SpaceX is making a huge rocket out of stainless steel. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk: Why I'm Building the Starship out of Stainless Steel," 22 Jan. 2019 Some toys, such as those made of stainless steel or glass, can be boiled in water. Gigi Engle, SELF, "7 Questions to Ask the Salesperson—and Yourself—Before Buying Your First Vibrator," 20 July 2018 Chromium is a naturally occurring element used in electroplating, making stainless steel, manufacturing textiles, and preserving wood. David North, Chicago Reader, "Sickened surfers say the best waves in Lake Michigan are in the polluted waters off northwest Indiana," 10 July 2018 On the other hand, stainless steel is easier to maintain, but the quality isn't as high. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Best Affordable Chef's Knives and How to Keep Them Sharp," 8 July 2018 Olive oil is a great option for cleaning stainless steel, such as pots, pans and appliances. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "21 quick and safe DIY cleaning hacks," 19 June 2018 The silverware is exhibited as spills of cutlery in three patinas: sterling silver, sterling silver with a rhodium finish, and stainless steel. Joan Juliet Buck, ELLE Decor, "The Greatness of Milan Through the Lens of Bottega Veneta," 29 Aug. 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stainless steel was in 1917

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English Language Learners Definition of stainless steel

: a type of steel that does not rust

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Kids Definition of stainless steel

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

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