What does steel mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. steel(noun)

    an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range

  2. sword, blade, brand, steel(noun)

    a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard

  3. steel(verb)

    knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod

  4. steel, nerve(verb)

    get ready for something difficult or unpleasant

  5. steel(verb)

    cover, plate, or edge with steel

Wiktionary

  1. steel(Noun)

    A metal alloy of mostly iron plus carbon, harder than pure elemental iron but malleable when hot.

    Etymology: stele, stel, from Old English (North) stele, (South) style, from stahlijan (cf. West Frisian stiel), enlargement of stahlan (cf. staal, Stahl, Danish stål) from stak- ‘to stay, be firm’ (cf. Umbrian stakaz ‘upright, erected’, Avestan ‘strong’, Sanskrit ‘resist, strike against’).

  2. steel(Noun)

    A tool used to sharpen or hone knives; a .

    Etymology: stele, stel, from Old English (North) stele, (South) style, from stahlijan (cf. West Frisian stiel), enlargement of stahlan (cf. staal, Stahl, Danish stål) from stak- ‘to stay, be firm’ (cf. Umbrian stakaz ‘upright, erected’, Avestan ‘strong’, Sanskrit ‘resist, strike against’).

  3. steel(Noun)

    A sword.

    Etymology: stele, stel, from Old English (North) stele, (South) style, from stahlijan (cf. West Frisian stiel), enlargement of stahlan (cf. staal, Stahl, Danish stål) from stak- ‘to stay, be firm’ (cf. Umbrian stakaz ‘upright, erected’, Avestan ‘strong’, Sanskrit ‘resist, strike against’).

  4. steel(Noun)

    A type of slide used in the practice of steel guitar.

    Etymology: stele, stel, from Old English (North) stele, (South) style, from stahlijan (cf. West Frisian stiel), enlargement of stahlan (cf. staal, Stahl, Danish stål) from stak- ‘to stay, be firm’ (cf. Umbrian stakaz ‘upright, erected’, Avestan ‘strong’, Sanskrit ‘resist, strike against’).

  5. steel(Noun)

    Hardness; strength in adversity; mettle.

    Etymology: stele, stel, from Old English (North) stele, (South) style, from stahlijan (cf. West Frisian stiel), enlargement of stahlan (cf. staal, Stahl, Danish stål) from stak- ‘to stay, be firm’ (cf. Umbrian stakaz ‘upright, erected’, Avestan ‘strong’, Sanskrit ‘resist, strike against’).

  6. steel(Verb)

    To harden.

    The harsh fall weather steeled them against the colder winter.

    Etymology: stele, stel, from Old English (North) stele, (South) style, from stahlijan (cf. West Frisian stiel), enlargement of stahlan (cf. staal, Stahl, Danish stål) from stak- ‘to stay, be firm’ (cf. Umbrian stakaz ‘upright, erected’, Avestan ‘strong’, Sanskrit ‘resist, strike against’).

  7. steel(Verb)

    To cover with steel

    Etymology: stele, stel, from Old English (North) stele, (South) style, from stahlijan (cf. West Frisian stiel), enlargement of stahlan (cf. staal, Stahl, Danish stål) from stak- ‘to stay, be firm’ (cf. Umbrian stakaz ‘upright, erected’, Avestan ‘strong’, Sanskrit ‘resist, strike against’).

  8. steel(Verb)

    To hone with a honing steel.

    Etymology: stele, stel, from Old English (North) stele, (South) style, from stahlijan (cf. West Frisian stiel), enlargement of stahlan (cf. staal, Stahl, Danish stål) from stak- ‘to stay, be firm’ (cf. Umbrian stakaz ‘upright, erected’, Avestan ‘strong’, Sanskrit ‘resist, strike against’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steel(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  2. Steel(noun)

    an instrument or implement made of steel

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  3. Steel(noun)

    a weapon, as a sword, dagger, etc

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  4. Steel(noun)

    an instrument of steel (usually a round rod) for sharpening knives

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  5. Steel(noun)

    a piece of steel for striking sparks from flint

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  6. Steel(noun)

    fig.: Anything of extreme hardness; that which is characterized by sternness or rigor

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  7. Steel(noun)

    a chalybeate medicine

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  8. Steel(noun)

    to overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a razor; to steel an ax

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  9. Steel(noun)

    to make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or obdurate

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  10. Steel(noun)

    fig.: To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

  11. Steel(noun)

    to cover, as an electrotype plate, with a thin layer of iron by electrolysis. The iron thus deposited is very hard, like steel

    Etymology: [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. staela. See Steel, n.]

Freebase

  1. Steel

    Steel is an alloy of iron and other elements, including carbon. When carbon is the primary alloying element, its content in the steel is between 0.002% and 2.1% by weight. The following elements are always present in steel: carbon, manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, and traces of oxygen, nitrogen and aluminum. Alloying elements intentionally added to modify the characteristics of steel include: manganese, nickel, chromium, molybdenum, boron, titanium, vanadium and niobium. Carbon and other elements act as a hardening agent, preventing dislocations in the iron atom crystal lattice from sliding past one another. Varying the amount of alloying elements and the form of their presence in the steel controls qualities such as the hardness, ductility, and tensile strength of the resulting steel. Steel with increased carbon content can be made harder and stronger than iron, but such steel is also less ductile than iron. Alloys with a higher than 2.1% carbon are known as cast iron. Because they are not malleable even when hot, they can be worked only by casting, and they have lower melting point and good castability. Steel is also distinguishable from wrought iron, which can contain a small amount of carbon, but it is included in the form of slag inclusions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Steel

    stēl, 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′-plāt′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.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Steel

    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.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Steel

    A compound of iron with carbon. The carbon may range from a few hundredths of one per cent. up to two per cent. For magnets, tool steel drawn to a straw color or a little lower is good. All shaping and filing should be done before magnetization.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. steel

    See Ordnance, Metals for.

Rap Dictionary

  1. steel(noun)

    Pistol. Finger on the trigger with my hand upon the steel -- Cypress Hill (Hand on the pump), I got a raw deal, so I'm goin' for the steel -- Public Enemy (Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos)

Editors Contribution

  1. steel

    A type of alloy.

    Steel is used across the world for a variety of purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'steel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2774

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'steel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2878

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'steel' in Nouns Frequency: #1172

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of steel in a Sentence

  1. John Kilduff:

    It's a push and pull situation with the Yemen tensions giving Brent support while U.S. prices get pulled down as people steel themselves for another inventory rise next week.

  2. Xu Bo:

    Exports went up while the steel price rallied and there was firm demand in China, which would mean steel output in China really went up a lot.

  3. Kazuhiro Harada:

    I expect the steel market will remain on an upward trend for a while and Japan's bigger blast furnace makers will also increase prices.

  4. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    I don't think it would be a good future for steel.

  5. President Trump on Thursday:

    Maintaining the production of American steel is extremely important to our national security.

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