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Definitions of steel

  1. 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.
  2. To overlay or edge with steel: to harden: to make obdurate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To overlay or edge with steel; to harden. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To cover with steel; plate with or furnish with steel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To make hard or unyielding. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. get ready for something difficult or unpleasant Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. cover, plate, or edge with steel Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. An instrument or implement made of steel Newage Dictionary DB
  14. A weapon, as a sword, dagger, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. An instrument of steel (usually a round rod) for sharpening knives. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. A piece of steel for striking sparks from flint. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Fig.: Anything of extreme hardness; that which is characterized by sternness or rigor. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a razor; to steel an ax. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. To make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or obdurate. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. Fig.: To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  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. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Something made of steel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Made of, or like, steel; hence, hard; unfeeling. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. Made of steel. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  31. Made or composed of steel; hence, hard; obdurate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Made of steel; like steel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for steel

  1. I did so, and, stepping forth clad in the shining steel took my stand where Kari showed me, upon a rise of ground. – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  2. Instead of that, it tightened till it felt like a band of steel – Cynthia Wakeham's Money by Anna Katharine Green
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