steel wool

noun

Definition of steel wool

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

First Known Use of steel wool

1896


STEEL WOOL Defined for English Language Learners

steel wool

noun

Definition of steel wool for English Language Learners

  • : 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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