Meaning of STEEL in English


I. ˈstēl noun

Etymology: Middle English stele, from Old English stȳle, stēle; akin to Old High German stahal steel and perhaps to Sanskrit stakati he resists

Date: before 12th century

1. : commercial iron that contains carbon in any amount up to about 1.7 percent as an essential alloying constituent, is malleable when under suitable conditions, and is distinguished from cast iron by its malleability and lower carbon content

2. : an instrument or implement of or characteristically of steel: as

a. : a thrusting or cutting weapon

b. : an instrument (as a fluted round rod with a handle) for sharpening knives

c. : a piece of steel for striking sparks from flint

3. : a quality (as hardness of mind or spirit) that suggests steel

nerves of steel


a. : the steel manufacturing industry

b. plural : shares of stock in steel companies

II. transitive verb

Date: 13th century

1. : to overlay, point, or edge with steel


a. : to cause to resemble steel (as in looks or hardness)

b. : to fill with resolution or determination

steel ed herself to face the crisis

III. adjective

Date: 13th century

1. : made of steel

2. : of or relating to the production of steel

3. : resembling steel

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