steel wool


Definition of steel wool

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Stuff some steel wool in the engine's intake and the tailpipe, too, to prevent any visitors from setting up house inside. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, "Motor Mouth: New car's tires are covered by their own warranty," 6 Nov. 2020 While slate is relatively soft, minor scratches can be buffed out with steel wool. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "Types of Countertops: How to Choose the Best Material for Your Kitchen," 30 Sep. 2020 His busy ash elimination crew uses fine steel wool (0000) to aggressively scrub glass without scratching it. oregonlive, "Safely clean ash from windows with steel wool, a sponge, soap and squeegee," 10 Oct. 2020 For exterior spills, rely on a non-scratch scrubber over harsh options like steel wool, which can leave permanent marks. Elizabeth Sheldon, Good Housekeeping, "Wash the Right Way to Keep Pots and Pans Looking Brand-New," 1 Sep. 2020 Light rust can be removed by scrubbing with 0000 steel wool and a little oil. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 10 Rules of Rifle Maintenance," 29 July 2020 Wait 10 minutes, then scrub off the rust with steel wool and soapy water. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Clean a Cast-Iron Pan," 27 June 2020 Sculptor Monica Banks’ steel wool octopuses crawled across her house’s hedges. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Drive-By Art Exhibition Provides Socially Distanced Dose of Culture," 14 May 2020 To shape the pad, use steel wool or very fine sandpaper. Tyghe Trimble, Popular Mechanics, "Keep Your Bike Ride Ready With a DIY Tune-Up," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of steel wool

1896, in the meaning defined above

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8 Nov 2020

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“Steel wool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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