Meaning of STEEL in English


I. steel 1 S3 W3 /stiːl/ BrE AmE noun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: style , stele ]

1 . [uncountable] strong metal that can be shaped easily, consisting of iron and ↑ carbon :

a steel bridge

stainless steel (=steel that does not change colour) knives

2 . [uncountable] the industry that makes steel:

Sheffield is a major steel town.

3 . nerves of steel the ability to be brave and calm in a dangerous or difficult situation

4 . [countable] a thin bar of steel used for making knives sharp

II. steel 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

steel yourself to prepare yourself to do something that you know will be unpleasant or upsetting

steel yourself to do something

He steeled himself not to look away.

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