Definitions of steel

  1. a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade
  2. get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
  3. knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod
  4. an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range
  5. cover, plate, or edge with steel
  6. 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.
  7. An instrument or implement made of steel
  8. A weapon, as a sword, dagger, etc.
  9. An instrument of steel ( usually a round rod) for sharpening knives.
  10. A piece of steel for striking sparks from flint.
  11. Fig.: Anything of extreme hardness; that which is characterized by sternness or rigor.
  12. To overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a razor; to steel an ax.
  13. To make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or obdurate.
  14. Fig.: To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities.
  15. To cover, as an electrotype plate, with a thin layer of iron by electrolysis. The iron thus deposited is very hard, like steel.
  16. 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.
  17. Made of, or like, steel; hence, hard; unfeeling.
  18. To overlay, edge, or tip with steel; make hard, strong, or unfeeling; as, to steel one's heart.
  19. 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.
  20. Made of steel.
  21. To overlay or edge with steel: to harden: to make obdurate.
  22. Iron combined with carbon; an instrument of steel; steel instrument for sharpening knives.
  23. To overlay or edge with steel; to harden.
  24. To cover with steel; plate with or furnish with steel.
  25. To make hard or unyielding.
  26. Made or composed of steel; hence, hard; obdurate.
  27. A compound of iron ( chiefly with carbon) very strong, tough, and elastic.
  28. Something made of steel.
  29. Made of steel; like steel.
  30. 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.
  31. To overlay, point, or edge with steel; to harden; to make insensible or obdurate.
  32. 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.
  33. To point or overlay with steel; to make very hard; to make insensible or obdurate.

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
  3. The grasp of the slender fingers was like the grip of a steel vice. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  4. To the party it seemed their shoes were of iron and the earth a ringing plate of steel. – Bamboo Tales by Ira L. Reeves
  5. Gold by bronze heard iron steel. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  6. He took the steel fly- rod, and walked a little way down the stream past the upper rapid. – Northern Diamonds by Frank Lillie Pollock
  7. He had seemed as sound as steel. – A Manifest Destiny by Julia Magruder
  8. He told me that if I would bring a larger piece of steel, when I came after the watch, he would rub it for me, and then I should have a larger magnet. – Rollo's Experiments by Jacob Abbott
  9. His eyes had narrowed but they were as bright as steel. – The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  10. Down the steel- blue lane of water between the ice came a canoe. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  11. Scornful he turn'd- but thrill'd with wrath to feel His sacred arm lock'd in a grasp of steel. – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  12. At the bottom was a steel door. – The Gun by Philip K. Dick
  13. Dawn, it's true; and may I not know the reason why you so steel your heart against him? – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  14. The steel fell; the head rolled one way, and the body fell the other. – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  15. The steel was deep in his body. – The Sherrods by George Barr McCutcheon
  16. Giovanni's eyes followed his movements, watching the slender steel, and then glancing at Spicca's long arms, his nervous fingers and peculiar grip. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  17. So he'd been moving heaven and earth to get the steel to come his way. – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer
  18. Meantime the steel strike continued. – A History of Trade Unionism in the United States by Selig Perlman
  19. Beyond the window the world was of blue steel. – The Prelude to Adventure by Hugh Walpole