steel

noun
\ ˈstēl How to pronounce steel (audio) \

Definition of steel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : commercial iron that contains carbon in any amount up to about 1.7 percent as an essential alloying constituent, is malleable when under suitable conditions, and is distinguished from cast iron by its malleability and lower carbon content
2 : an instrument or implement of or characteristically of steel: such as
a : a thrusting or cutting weapon
b : an instrument (such as a fluted round rod with a handle) for sharpening knives
c : a piece of steel for striking sparks from flint
3 : a quality (such as hardness of mind or spirit) that suggests steel nerves of steel
4a : the steel manufacturing industry
b steels plural : shares of stock in steel companies

steel

verb
steeled; steeling; steels

Definition of steel (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to overlay, point, or edge with steel
2a : to cause to resemble steel (as in looks or hardness)
b : to fill with resolution or determination steeled herself to face the crisis

steel

adjective

Definition of steel (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : made of steel
2 : of or relating to the production of steel
3 : resembling steel

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Synonyms & Antonyms for steel

Synonyms: Noun

blade, brand, sword

Synonyms: Verb

bear up, buck up, buoy (up), cheer (up), chirk (up), embolden, encourage, hearten, inspire, inspirit

Antonyms: Verb

daunt, discourage, dishearten, dispirit

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Examples of steel in a Sentence

Noun

The beams are made of steel. Steel is an important industry in this area. The invaders were driven back by steel. the steel of a knife

Verb

hoped that his inspirational talk would steel the youths in the pursuit of their dreams years of running a farm had steeled the hard-bitten woman
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For some metals, like iron and some versions of steel, there are internal regions called magnetic domains. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of Falling Magnets in Stranger Things Season 3," 9 Aug. 2019 Among other tasks, the liquidators built the sarcophagus in a startlingly fast 206 days, using 400,000 cubic meters of concrete and 16 million pounds of steel. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Chernobyl's Historic Sarcophagus to Be Dismantled," 7 Aug. 2019 Humans in the locomotive will merely observe, as the latest in artificial intelligence and sensor technology puts thousands of tons of steel through its paces. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Autonomous Trains Are Ready to Roll," 29 July 2019 The ribbons of steel that serve as façade obscure from public view the museum’s entrance — as well as the public spaces within. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Where’s the urban plan for L.A.’s biggest museum makeover in a decade?," 12 July 2019 The crews used nearly 3 million pounds of steel to build the initial structure, forming and solidifying the stadium's height and shape. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC's new stadium 'about 50 percent' done. Next step: installing the field," 10 July 2019 That dual-wall dashboard has an air gap between walls of steel and plastic to improve sound insulation without adding heavy padding. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Why Ford walked away from all-aluminum bodies for new 2020 Explorer," 6 July 2019 Some pandering policy examples include ethanol subsidies, steel tariffs, and Medicare Part D. Policies not given priority, include those most important to non-battleground states - like water issues in the west. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Popular Vote backers miss a key Electoral College rationale," 27 June 2019 The ride was the brain child of about 200 Imagineers who spent five years developing the attraction, an estimated $150 million compilation of 150,000 cubic feet of concrete, 1,500 tons of steel and a 14-month construction timeline. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Meet Disney World’s voice of the Tower of Terror, a dead ringer for Rod Serling," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for debates Wednesday and Thursday nights, engineers and other specialists at Facebook and Twitter are steeling themselves for a different kind of contest. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, "Facebook, Twitter set to fight fake news during Democratic debates," 25 June 2019 What steeled and defined the 1999 team was a competitiveness rooted in the core members who had led the United States to victory in the inaugural, 1991 women’s World Cup — Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy, Scurry, Hamm, Lilly and Chastain, among others. Liz Clarke, courant.com, "Twenty years ago, U.S. women won the World Cup and changed the sport," 7 June 2019 At the media center, the video of another dying child only steeled their resolve. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "How Assad Made Truth a Casualty of War," 7 Sep. 2018 Luckily for them, her intention isn't to trick you and steel your beauty—only to get her songs stuck in your head for the rest of your life. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Hocus Pocus Remake?," 31 Oct. 2018 At this point, many in the party seem more consumed with their nomination contests than with steeling themselves for the general election. Jonathan Martin And Alexander Burns, New York Times, "After Stormy Daniels, Republicans Face a Referendum on Trump’s Conduct," 26 Mar. 2018 Last summer, commuters steeled themselves for disruptions caused by Amtrak performing weeks of emergency track repair work at New York Penn Station. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Long Island Rail Road’s New Chief Gets a Bumpy Start," 26 Aug. 2018 Residents steeled themselves for the high winds, floods and mudslides that routinely come with the typhoons that afflict this tropical nation. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 For many of us in the bureau, this was an appalling crime that made our hearts heavy, yet steeled our resolve to find justice for Jayden. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "‘Little Jacob’ case: Texas police arrest mom, girlfriend after identifying body of Jayden Alexander Lopez," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of steel

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for steel

Noun

Middle English stele, from Old English stȳle, stēle; akin to Old High German stahal steel and perhaps to Sanskrit stakati he resists

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steel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steel

: a strong, hard metal made of iron and carbon
: the industry that makes steel
literary : things (such as weapons) that are made of steel

steel

noun
\ ˈstēl How to pronounce steel (audio) \

Kids Definition of steel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a hard and tough metal made by treating iron with great heat and mixing carbon with it
2 : an item (as a sword) made of steel

steel

verb
steeled; steeling

Kids Definition of steel (Entry 2 of 3)

: to fill with courage or determination I steeled myself for the struggle.

steel

adjective

Kids Definition of steel (Entry 3 of 3)

: made of steel a steel plow

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