steel wool

noun

Definition of steel wool

: an abrasive material composed of long fine steel shavings and used especially for scouring and burnishing

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The plane cut through a skein of dark-gray cloud, through a layer of liquid light, into another cloud that started as dark as steel wool, then thickened to gray and turned slowly white. Anne Enright, The New Yorker, "The Weight," 29 Aug. 2019 Tiffany Ralph, 47, walked around her apartment in Bolton House, a high-rise apartment complex in northwest Baltimore, pointing to sticky traps and holes plugged with steel wool. Danielle Ohl, ProPublica, "Trump Called Baltimore “Vermin Infested” While the Federal Government Fails to Clean Up Rodents in Subsidized Housing," 14 Aug. 2019 Wait 10 minutes or so, then scrub off the rust with steel wool and soapy water. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Clean a Cast-Iron Pan," 3 June 2019 Also, skip abrasive cleaners, scouring powder, and steel wool. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Laminate Floors (Without Ruining Them)," 28 Mar. 2019 For a safer bet, sub out steel wool for an old toothbrush. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 Next, clean the end of the tubing with a piece of steel wool. Steve Willson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Install An Electric Water Heater," 24 Aug. 2018 Avoid steel wool or hard bristles, as these tools can damage the coating on the heating element. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Air Fryers for Making Crispy Comfort Foods So Much Healthier," 20 Nov. 2018 If your guitar has a maple fretboard, don’t use steel wool or lemon oil at all. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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steel wool

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steel wool

: long threads of metal that are wound together to form a rough pad which is used for cleaning and polishing things

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