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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This includes steel mills and aluminum smelters in France, Spain, and the U.K. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Credit Suisse recovers some assets linked to Greensill, but fate of $4.6 billion remains uncertain," 13 Apr. 2021 The city famed for steel mills that powered America’s industrial rise has steadily pivoted toward technology and health care, drawing in college graduates in a sign of how economies can change. Jonathan Lemire, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to ‘win the future’," 1 Apr. 2021 The city famed for steel mills that powered America's industrial rise has steadily pivoted toward technology and health care, drawing in college graduates in a sign of how economies can change. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to 'win the future'," 31 Mar. 2021 Its steel mills once covered the sky in enough soot that men needed to take spare white shirts to work because their button downs would turn to gray by lunch. BostonGlobe.com, "Eager to build infrastructure, Biden plans to tax business," 31 Mar. 2021 Its steel mills once covered the sky in enough soot that men needed to take spare white shirts to work because their button downs would turn to gray by lunch. Arkansas Online, "Eager to build infrastructure, Biden plans to tax business," 31 Mar. 2021 Cleveland Cliffs LLC bought ArcelorMittal’s U.S. steel mills last fall. Meredith Colias-pete, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana first in U.S. for toxic releases per square mile, report states," 26 Mar. 2021 Similarly, semiconductor fabs, steel mills, chemical plants – those look much the same anywhere. Willy Shih, Forbes, "Foxconn In Wisconsin: Maybe Electric Vehicles, Maybe Something Else," 17 Mar. 2021 Germany’s banking regulators banned activity at a bank owned by Greensill after an audit was unable to provide evidence of receivables purchased from GFG Alliance, which owns steel mills and other industrial assets in a dozen countries. Duncan Mavin, WSJ, "Greensill’s Key Clients Included West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s Coal Company," 7 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With 16 more games on tap for Saturday, which other top teams should steel themselves for heartbreak? USA TODAY, "March Madness live updates: The scores and moments you need to know from Saturday at men's NCAA Tournament," 20 Mar. 2021 The years of being involved, of having a career and working with Tony would steel her well. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Restaurant owner-entrepreneur Vanessa Whiting perseveres past tragedy with ‘people over profit’ mantra," 15 Mar. 2021 Just make sure to date everything, then steel yourself to throw out spices once their time is up. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "For Maximum Flavor, Make These Spice Blends at Home," 22 Feb. 2021 But now, as that past is knocking on the present’s door, demanding to be heard, more people are being forced to steel themselves and face those uncomfortable truths head on. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Justin Timberlake Made A Career At The Expense Of Women," 12 Feb. 2021 DeRozan said players already are beginning to steel themselves for the mental grind ahead. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Rodeo trip sets up nicely for Spurs, so long as they stay sane," 11 Feb. 2021 The idea was to steel them for difficult questions from clients. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Gideon Gartner Founded Company Advising Computer Buyers," 17 Dec. 2020 That reasoning will give him cover to reject the demands of progressives, who should steel themselves for more of the same. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Welcoming the Old Guard," 25 Nov. 2020 The struggles of the first two COVID-19 surges in the United States helped hospitals steel themselves for the third. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Third Surge Is Breaking Health-Care Workers," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for steel

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The first known use of steel was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

20 Apr 2021

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“Steel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steel. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for steel

steel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steel

: a strong, hard metal made of iron and carbon
: the industry that makes steel
literary : things (such as weapons) that are made of steel

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 struggle.

steel

adjective

Kids Definition of steel (Entry 3 of 3)

: made of steel a steel plow

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