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steel

noun \ ˈstēl \

Definition of steel

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
4 a :the steel manufacturing industry
b steels plural :shares of stock in steel companies

Examples of steel in a Sentence

  1. The beams are made of steel.

  2. Steel is an important industry in this area.

  3. The invaders were driven back by steel.

  4. the steel of a knife

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Origin and Etymology of steel

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

steel Synonyms

Synonyms
blade, brand, sword
Related Words
broadsword, cutlass, rapier, saber (or sabre), scimitar, smallsword

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steel

verb

Definition of steel

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

Examples of steel in a Sentence

  1. hoped that his inspirational talk would steel the youths in the pursuit of their dreams

  2. years of running a farm had steeled the hard-bitten woman

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First Known Use of steel

13th century


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steel

adjective

Definition of steel

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

First Known Use of steel

13th century



STEEL Defined for English Language Learners

steel

noun

Definition of steel for English Language Learners

  • : a strong, hard metal made of iron and carbon

  • : the industry that makes steel

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


STEEL Defined for Kids

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steel

noun \ ˈstēl \

Definition of steel for Students

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

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steel

verb

Definition of steel for Students

steeled; steeling
:to fill with courage or determination
  • I steeled myself for the struggle.

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steel

adjective

Definition of steel for Students

:made of steel
  • a steel plow


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