steel wool


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Use a wire brush and possibly steel wool to remove imperfections prior to applying primer, and then clean thoroughly to remove all rust and loose particles. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2023 Our favorite cleaning products run the gamut from high-tech robot vacuums to lo-fi steel wool. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 19 Feb. 2023 Diamond jigs often require a solid polishing, but that’s nothing a little chrome cleaner and steel wool can’t handle. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 14 Feb. 2023 Look to steel wool and scrubbing pads only when cleaning metal oven racks and grates. Andrea Crowley, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Jan. 2023 TJ Osborne offer a complementary, silk-over-steel wool tension that heightens the song’s mournful undertones. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 8 Apr. 2022 The most important part is to find their entrances to the structure and block those with unchewable material such as steel wool, hardware cloth (welded wire 1/4″ squares), or concrete patching. oregonlive, 28 Jan. 2023 Avoid steel wool and go with something like a Dobie sponge, a stiff brush, a chain-mail scrubber, or our favorite, a Kamenoko Tawashi scrubber made from palm fibers. Julie Harans, Bon Appétit, 18 Jan. 2023 Harsh abrasives like scouring powders, steel wool, ammonia and bleach should never be used on your stainless steel appliances. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steel wool was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Steel wool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

steel wool

: a rough material composed of long fine steel shavings and used especially for cleaning and polishing

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