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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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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