steel

noun
\ ˈstēl How to pronounce steel (audio) \

Definition of steel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : commercial iron that contains carbon in any amount up to about 1.7 percent as an essential alloying constituent, is malleable when under suitable conditions, and is distinguished from cast iron by its malleability and lower carbon content
2 : an instrument or implement of or characteristically of steel: such as
a : a thrusting or cutting weapon
b : an instrument (such as a fluted round rod with a handle) for sharpening knives
c : a piece of steel for striking sparks from flint
3 : a quality (such as hardness of mind or spirit) that suggests steel nerves of steel
4a : the steel manufacturing industry
b steels plural : shares of stock in steel companies

steel

verb
steeled; steeling; steels

Definition of steel (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to overlay, point, or edge with steel
2a : to cause to resemble steel (as in looks or hardness)
b : to fill with resolution or determination steeled herself to face the crisis

steel

adjective

Definition of steel (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : made of steel
2 : of or relating to the production of steel
3 : resembling steel

Synonyms & Antonyms for steel

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of steel in a Sentence

Noun The beams are made of steel. Steel is an important industry in this area. The invaders were driven back by steel. the steel of a knife Verb hoped that his inspirational talk would steel the youths in the pursuit of their dreams years of running a farm had steeled the hard-bitten woman See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Russia contends that Mariupol is entirely under its control after Ukraine last week ended its defense of a steel plant where civilians and fighters holed up for weeks. Paulina Villegas, Washington Post, 22 May 2022 Russia claimed full control of the Azovstal steel plant, which for weeks was the last holdout in Mariupol and a symbol of Ukrainian tenacity in the strategic port city, now in ruins with more than 20,000 residents feared dead. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 22 May 2022 The Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday released video of Russian troops taking into custody Serhiy Volynskyy, the commander of the Ukrainian Navy's 36th Special Marine Brigade, which was one of the main forces defending the steel plant. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 22 May 2022 The complete seizure of the Azovstal steel plant, a symbol of Ukrainian tenacity. The Christian Science Monitor, 22 May 2022 The Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday released video of Russian troops taking into custody Serhiy Volynskyy, the commander of the Ukrainian Navy's 36th Special Marine Brigade, which was one of the main forces defending the steel plant. Elena Becatoros, BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2022 President Joe Biden signed a $40 billion package of new military, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine Saturday, less than 24 hours after Russia claimed victory in the months-long battle for Mariupol’s Asovstal steel plant. Patrick Galey, NBC News, 21 May 2022 Russian officials and state media repeatedly have tried to characterize the fighters who holed up in the Azovstal steel plant as neo-Nazis. Elena Becatoros, Chicago Tribune, 21 May 2022 Russia claimed the Azovstal steel plant, which for weeks was the last holdout in Mariupol and a symbol of Ukrainian tenacity in the strategic port city, now in ruins with more than 20,000 residents feared dead. Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the Permian Basin, the sprawling oil-rich region in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, drillers are facing long delays and steep competition for everything from roughnecks to steel to fracking pumps. Collin Eaton, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 And get emotional support to steel you against the naysayers. Adriana Gallardo, ProPublica, 10 May 2022 Perhaps the brutal road upcoming road swing to Boston, Chicago and Toronto will again steel their resolve. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 China’s top leaders, apparently aware that a loss of morale in Shanghai could undermine its insistence on a zero-covid policy, often speak of the need for residents and officials to steel themselves against the temptation to give in. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 Mother’s Day is one of the Arboretum’s busiest days, so steel yourself for crowds and difficult parking. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Biden used his speech to defend liberal democracy and the NATO military alliance, while saying that Europe must steel itself for a long fight against Russian aggression. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Mar. 2022 The end of the Warsaw speech will be the most memorable line from an address that widely called for democracies to steel themselves against the threat of autocracies in the years and decades to come. Maegan Vazquez And Kyle Feldscher, CNN, 26 Mar. 2022 There was no warning to the audience beforehand to steel them in preparation for graphic scenes, just the shock of death and gore in the aftermath of unspeakable violence. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of steel

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for steel

Noun

Middle English stele, from Old English stȳle, stēle; akin to Old High German stahal steel and perhaps to Sanskrit stakati he resists

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“Steel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steel. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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steel

noun
\ ˈstēl How to pronounce steel (audio) \

Kids Definition of steel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a hard and tough metal made by treating iron with great heat and mixing carbon with it
2 : an item (as a sword) made of steel

steel

verb
steeled; steeling

Kids Definition of steel (Entry 2 of 3)

: to fill with courage or determination I steeled myself for the test.

steel

adjective

Kids Definition of steel (Entry 3 of 3)

: made of steel a steel plow

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