/ stiːl; NAmE / noun , verb
■ noun [ U ]
a strong hard metal that is made of a mixture of iron and
the iron and steel industry
The frame is made of steel.
The bridge is reinforced with huge steel girders.
—see also stainless steel
the industry that produces steel :
Steel used to be important in South Wales.
a steel town
( old use or literary ) weapons that are used for fighting :
the clash of steel
- of steel
steel yourself (for / against sth) to prepare yourself to deal with sth unpleasant :
[ vn ]
As she waited, she steeled herself for disappointment.
[ vn to inf ]
He steeled himself to tell them the truth.
Old English stӯle , stēli , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch staal , German Stahl , also to the noun stay sense 2. The verb dates from the late 16th cent.