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Definitions of steel

  1. a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. get ready for something difficult or unpleasant Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. cover, plate, or edge with steel Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. An instrument or implement made of steel Newage Dictionary DB
  8. A weapon, as a sword, dagger, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. An instrument of steel (usually a round rod) for sharpening knives. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. A piece of steel for striking sparks from flint. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Fig.: Anything of extreme hardness; that which is characterized by sternness or rigor. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. A chalybeate medicine. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a razor; to steel an ax. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or obdurate. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Fig.: To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To cover, as an electrotype plate, with a thin layer of iron by electrolysis. The iron thus deposited is very hard, like steel. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. A tough, malleable, iron-based alloy containing up to, but no more than, two percent carbon and often other metals. It is used in medicine and dentistry in implants and instrumentation. Medical Dictionary DB
  18. A variety of iron refined and combined with a small portion of carbon, very tough, hard, and elastic; any instrument or weapon made of steel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Made of, or like, steel; hence, hard; unfeeling. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. To overlay, edge, or tip with steel; make hard, strong, or unfeeling; as, to steel one's heart. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. An alloy of iron, usually with carbon (1/4 to 3 per cent.); in medicine, iron or ferrum. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  22. Metal from which many surgical instruments are made. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  23. Any instrument of steel: an instrument of steel for sharpening knives on: extreme hardness: a chalybeate medicine: iron combined with a small portion of carbon. Steel usually contains also small quantities of silicon, phosphorus, manganese, and sulphur, but iron and carbon appear to be its only essential constituents. The relative proportions of iron and carbon vary in steel of different qualities; but in that used for ordinary purposes the carbon amounts from about 0.5 to 1.5 per cent, the toughness, tenacity, and hardness increasing with the increase of the carbon, the elasticity diminishing as the hardness increases, and vice versa. At a red heat steel is malleable and may be welded. The color is a bright grayish white, the texture closely granular, the specific gravity varying from 7.62 to 7.81. Steel formed from bar-iron by cementation is called blistered steel, from its surface acquiring a blistered character in the process. When blistered steel is rolled or beaten down into bars, it is called shear-steel, and if it be melted, cast into ingots, and again rolled out into bars, it forms cast-steel. Natural or German steel is an impure and variable kind of steel procured from cast-iron, or obtained at once from the ore. The natural steel yielded by cast-iron, manufactured in the refining houses, is known by the general name of furnace steel, and that which has only been once treated with a refining furnace is particularly called rough steel. The peculiarity of steel, upon which its high value in the arts in a great measure depends, is its property of becoming hard after being heated to redness and then suddenly cooled by being plunged into cold water, and of being again softened down to any requisite degree by the application of a certain temperature. This process is called tempering. It is found that the higher the temperature to which steel is raised, and the more sudden the cooling, the greater is the hardness; and hence, any degree of hardness can be given to steel which is required for the various purposes to which it is applied. According to the degree of hardness to which steel is tempered it assumes various colors, and formerly these colors served as guides to the workman. Now, however, a thermometer, with a bath of mercury or oil, is employed, and the operation of tempering is performed with a much greater degree of certainty. The uses of steel in forming various kinds of instruments, edge-tools, springs, etc, are well known. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. Made of steel. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To overlay or edge with steel: to harden: to make obdurate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. Iron combined with carbon; an instrument of steel; steel instrument for sharpening knives. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To overlay or edge with steel; to harden. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To cover with steel; plate with or furnish with steel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To make hard or unyielding. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Made or composed of steel; hence, hard; obdurate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. A compound of iron (chiefly with carbon) very strong, tough, and elastic. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Something made of steel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Made of steel; like steel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. Iron combined with from 1/3 to 1 1/3 percent, of carbon, extensively used in making instruments, and especially edged tools; any instrument of steel; a weapon of war; extreme hardness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. To overlay, point, or edge with steel; to harden; to make insensible or obdurate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. Iron refined and combined with carbon, used in making edge-tools, &c.; weapons made of steel, as swords; an instr. used by butchers and others for sharpening their knives. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. To point or overlay with steel; to make very hard; to make insensible or obdurate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. In all cases were the word "steel" occurs in the Authorized Version the true rendering of the Hebrew is "copper." Whether the ancient Hebrews were acquainted with steel is not perfectly certain. It has been inferred from a passage in ( Jeremiah 15:12 ) that the "iron from the north" there spoken of denoted a superior kind of metal, hardened in an unusual manner, like the steel obtained from the Chalybes of the Pontus, the iron smiths of the ancient world. The hardening of iron for cutting instruments was practiced in Pontus, Lydia and Laconia. There is, however, a word in hebrew, paldah , which occurs only in ( Nahum 2:3 ) (4) and is there rendered "torches," but which most probably denotes steel or hardened iron, and refers to the flashing scythes of the Assyrian chariots. Steel appears to have been known to the Egyptians. The steel weapons in the tomb of Rameses III., says Wilkinson, are painted blue, the bronze red. biblestudytools.com
  39. The "bow of steel" in (A.V.) 2 Samuel 22:35 ; Job 20:24 ; Psalms 18:34 is in the Revised Version "bow of brass" (Heb. kesheth-nehushah). In Jeremiah 15:12 the same word is used, and is also rendered in the Revised Version "brass." But more correctly it is copper (q.v.), as brass in the ordinary sense of the word (an alloy of copper and zinc) was not known to the ancients. biblestudytools.com
  40. To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities. dictgcide_fs
  41. st[=e]l, n. iron combined in varying proportions with carbon for making edged tools: any instrument or weapon of steel: an instrument of steel for sharpening knives on: a strip of steel for stiffening a corset: a piece of steel for striking fire from a flint: extreme hardness: a chalybeate medicine.--adj. made of steel: hard, unfeeling.--v.t. to overlay or edge with steel: to harden: to make obdurate.--adj. STEEL'-CLAD, clad with steel-mail.--ns. STEEL'-ENGRAVING, the art of engraving pictures on steel plates from which impressions may be taken, the impression or print so taken; STEEL'INESS, state of being steely, great hardness; STEEL'ING, the welding of a steel edge on a cutting instrument; STEEL'-PEN, a pen-nib made of steel; STEEL'-PLATE, a plate of steel: a plate of polished steel on which a design is engraved, the print taken from such.--adj. STEEL'-PL[=A]T'ED, plated with steel.--n.pl. STEEL'-TOYS, small articles of steel as buttons, buckles, &c.--n. STEEL'-WARE, articles made of steel collectively.--adj. STEEL'Y, made of steel: steel-like. [A.S. stýle; Ger. stahl.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  42. A tough, elastic variety of iron, intermediate in constitution between wrought and cast iron, and containing from 0.5 to 1.5 per cent. of carbon. Tincture of s., Wine of s., the tinctura ferri chloridi and vinum ferri. See Iron chlorides and Iron tartrates. na
  43. Kinds of malleable alloy of iron& carbon largely used as material for tools, weapons, &c., & capable of being tempered to many different degrees of hardness (often attrib., as s. pen), whence steelify v.t.; BESSEMER s.; cold s., sword &c. as opp. to firearm; rod of s., usu. tapering& roughened, for sharpening knives; strip of s. for stiffening corset or expanding skirt; (poet., rhet., not in pl.) sword; s.-clad, clad in armour; s.-engraving, engraving on, impression taken from, s. plate; steelwork, s. articles, s. for these; (v.t.) harden (oneself, one\'s heart, &c., to do, to action, against compassion &c.). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. A form of iron containing 0.6 to 1.9 per cent, of carbon susceptible of being tempered by exposure to heat and a subsequent cooling in water, oil, lead, mercury, etc. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  45. As sometimes used in Great Britain, any medicinal preparation of iron. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  46. See Iron Dictionary of United States history
  47. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, German] Iron combined with a small portion of carbon-used in making instruments ;-hence, an instrument made of steel, as a sword, knife, or the like ;-specifically, an instrument of steel for sharpening knives upon ;- hardness; sternness ; rigour. Cabinet Dictionary

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