steel

noun
\ˈstēl \

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

blade, brand, sword

Synonyms: Verb

bear up, buck up, buoy (up), cheer (up), chirk (up), embolden, encourage, hearten, inspire, inspirit

Antonyms: Verb

daunt, discourage, dishearten, dispirit

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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

The area around Zhangjiakou is part of an old industrial belt of coal mining, steel mills and other factories. Josh Chin, WSJ, "Truckload of Acetylene Explodes Near Chemical Factories in China," 28 Nov. 2018 The other one was in Ohio, in Youngstown, where steel mills had closed up. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Eyeing a 2020 run, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explains how he (or someone else) could beat Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 Sites like the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn or former steel mills in Gary, Indiana, offer high-visibility examples of how the system works, by identifying the worst of the worst and marshalling resources to repair and rehabilitate. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Booming postindustrial neighborhoods often overlook polluted past," 9 Oct. 2018 This flight will be the first to use a blend of jet fuel and fuel made from industrial waste gas from a steel mill in China. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tonight a Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly on fuel made from industrial waste gas," 2 Oct. 2018 But when Basque steel mills downsized in the late 1970s, Galdeano returned to Viloria and its surrounding mountains to keep making charcoal. Alvaro Barrientos, Fox News, "Charcoal makers in Spain keep embers of an old trade burning," 13 Sep. 2018 Historically, this land of coal mines and steel mills was heavily Democratic. The Voorhes, Glamour, "I'm a Woman in a Battleground State. Here's What Politicians Don't Understand About Me.," 21 Aug. 2018 The son of a steel-mill worker, Ditko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1927. NBC News, "Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator, dies at age 90," 7 July 2018 This is partly why his moves on trade don’t make much sense in concert—a tariff on foreign cars may result in a lift for domestic automobile production, but a tariff on foreign steel does nothing to encourage car manufacturers in America. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Big Trade War Bluff," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Residents steeled themselves for the high winds, floods and mudslides that routinely come with the typhoons that afflict this tropical nation. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 For many of us in the bureau, this was an appalling crime that made our hearts heavy, yet steeled our resolve to find justice for Jayden. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "‘Little Jacob’ case: Texas police arrest mom, girlfriend after identifying body of Jayden Alexander Lopez," 20 June 2018 By mining the ever-expanding mountains of e-waste, countries could steel themselves against the volatility in prices and supplies of the global market. New York Times, "E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity," 5 July 2018 This verbal assault steeled me to such irrational rantings forevermore. WSJ, "Campus Conservatives as an Underclass and Safe Target," 4 June 2018 Asked what family would be watching, Hardy pointed to his boxing coach from American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., Billy Padden, a snub-nosed two-time collegiate champion steeled in the Philadelphia brand of boxing. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Greg Hardy, the UFC and the Limits of the Second Chance," 25 June 2018 His father’s 1984 assassination in Beirut both steeled him and molded his character. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Steve Kerr, the Golden State Warriors, and the Art of Sharing Power," 4 May 2018 And so the call from California was made, and John Glenn, in the darkness before a June dawn, steeled himself to look those children in the eye and tell them, one at a time, what had to be told. Bob Greene, WSJ, "When RFK Died, John Glenn Faced His Toughest Duty," 5 June 2018 Hanging over all this is the prospect of steep losses in this November’s midterm elections, with party elders steeling for a potential Democratic wave. Nash Jenkins, Time, "How Immigration is Tearing House Republicans Apart," 23 May 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steel

: a strong, hard metal made of iron and carbon

: the industry that makes steel

: things (such as weapons) that are made of steel

steel

noun
\ˈstēl \

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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