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

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

Short for reinforcing bar, rebar is the steel used in the formation of concrete to give it strength—and is now a signature in Troy’s one-of-a-kind home furnishings. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Bold and Sculptural New Furniture Collection Inspired by the Basics," 26 Feb. 2019 The steel and glass house sits on a hillside location next to a creek, curving sinuously across three levels. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Three-tiered glass masterpiece asks $16.8M," 26 Dec. 2018 Glenn Sherrill sees it in the skyrocketing prices for the steel that’s building Charlotte’s skyline. Deon Roberts, Jim Morrill And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "From breweries to the farm, Trump tariff war produces winners and losers in Charlotte," 12 July 2018 That’s hard to do without local workers, because news can’t be traded the way steel is. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Even fishing and coal mining are not losing jobs as fast as the newspaper industry," 3 July 2018 The village itself, just yards from borders with France and Germany, took a while to cotton on to the potential that history had given it, but now offers tourists a museum, sculptures made from Luxembourgish steel and two slabs of the Berlin Wall. The Economist, "Europe’s passport-free zone faces a grim future," 21 June 2018 Trump has said the measures against the EU steel and aluminum are meant to protect national security interests. Nick Perry, chicagotribune.com, "EU says tax on Harleys aimed to 'make noise' in trade debate," 21 June 2018 The steel and aluminum tariffs, in particular, are often referred to as being dangerously close to starting a trade war. Politifact, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Lies and Misleading Claims Have Grown in Volume Since the Start of the Presidency," 22 Aug. 2018 The American bike-builder have also been hit hard by recent E.U. tariffs placed on U.S.-made motorcycles—a retaliatory response to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "Harley-Davidson Announces Four Surprising New Models," 31 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Luckily for them, her intention isn't to trick you and steel your beauty—only to get her songs stuck in your head for the rest of your life. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Hocus Pocus Remake?," 31 Oct. 2018 At this point, many in the party seem more consumed with their nomination contests than with steeling themselves for the general election. Jonathan Martin And Alexander Burns, New York Times, "After Stormy Daniels, Republicans Face a Referendum on Trump’s Conduct," 26 Mar. 2018 Last summer, commuters steeled themselves for disruptions caused by Amtrak performing weeks of emergency track repair work at New York Penn Station. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Long Island Rail Road’s New Chief Gets a Bumpy Start," 26 Aug. 2018 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

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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
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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