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Steel meaning

steel - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. cover, plate, or edge with steel
  2. 2. A variety of iron intermediate in composition and properties between wrought iron and cast iron ( containing between one half of one per cent and one and a half per cent of carbon), and consisting of an alloy of iron with an iron carbide. Steel, unlike wrought iron, can be tempered, and retains magnetism. Its malleability decreases, and fusibility increases, with an increase in carbon.
  3. 3. An instrument or implement made of steel
  4. 4. A weapon, as a sword, dagger, etc.
  5. 5. An instrument of steel ( usually a round rod) for sharpening knives.
  6. 6. A piece of steel for striking sparks from flint.
  7. 7. Fig.: Anything of extreme hardness; that which is characterized by sternness or rigor.
  8. 8. A chalybeate medicine.
  9. 9. To overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a razor; to steel an ax.
  10. 10. To make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or obdurate.
  11. 11. Fig.: To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities.
  12. 12. To cover, as an electrotype plate, with a thin layer of iron by electrolysis. The iron thus deposited is very hard, like steel.
  13. 13. Iron combined with carbon; an instrument of steel; steel instrument for sharpening knives.
  14. 14. To overlay or edge with steel; to harden.

steel - examples of usage

  1. You will be very steel, eh?" - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
  2. Both of them were steel- true to him. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. It was a minute to shake nerves of steel. - "Brand Blotters", William MacLeod Raine.
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