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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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 design for a glass-and-steel canopy at 550 Madison Avenue — a city landmark that was once the home of AT&T and the Sony Corporation — was unveiled in 2019. New York Times, "Igloos and Iceless Curling: How New York Hopes to Fight Off a Grim Winter," 5 Jan. 2021 Heat a large cast-iron or carbon-steel skillet over medium-high heat. Andrea Nguyen, WSJ, "Don’t Want to Go (Entirely) Meatless? Try These Recipes," 30 Dec. 2020 Rust is a kind of corrosion that affects iron and steel. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, "The best rust prevention spray," 12 Dec. 2020 The cart is topped with a plasma cutter—one that cuts 1/4 in.-thick steel plate like warm tofu [8]. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "Building This Metal Cart Will Teach You the Basics of Welding," 17 Oct. 2020 But the consensus of the test team is that his scope is simply too specialized for most steel-plate shooters. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 13 Best New Precision Riflescopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 In this Christmas competition, four smiths get on the judges’ nice list by forging blades using steel from Santa’s sleigh. Washington Post, "What to watch on Wednesday: ‘The Midnight Sky’ on Netflix," 23 Dec. 2020 The latter can be ceramic (which is unfortunately fragile), steel (usually with a protective chrome finish) or wood. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, "The best shave kit," 22 Dec. 2020 How the steel comes together determines a knife’s strength and performance. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The cutting edge ― Part 2: What’s the best kitchen knife?," 18 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 But even better than not straw-manning someone’s argument is to intentionally steel man it instead. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, "How to Win Any Debate," 29 Sep. 2020 Now, with the gauge up near 60% from its low, froth in the options market, and plenty of ways for things to go wrong over the next few weeks, traders need to steel themselves, according to Yousef Abbasi, a global market strategist at StoneX. Sarah Ponczek, Bloomberg.com, "Options Mania and Real-World Risk Mean Volatility Here to Stay," 10 Sep. 2020 Some freshman Democrats, though, have tried to carve out brands to steel themselves against challenges in districts where Republicans typically would win. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "Trump looms large over campaigns for control of Congress," 6 Sep. 2020 But nothing could steel them for discovering 22-year-old Brittany Stykes and her 14-month-old daughter with bullet wounds in their bodies. Amber Hunt, Cincinnati.com, "Backstory: Pregnant mother Brittany Stykes' cold-blooded killing still unsolved nearly 7 years later," 19 May 2020 Now her organization has steeled itself to respond to an unprecedented threat — the novel coronavirus pandemic. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Virtual, online approaches keeping Pasadena chamber connected," 30 Mar. 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Steel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steel. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for steel

steel

noun
How to pronounce steel (audio)

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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