steel

/stil / (say steel)

noun
1. iron in a modified form, artificially produced, containing a certain amount of carbon (more than in wrought iron and less than in cast iron) and other constituents, such as chromium, molybdenum, etc., and possessing a hardness, elasticity, strength, etc., which vary with the composition and the heat treatment. It is commonly made by removing a certain amount of the carbon from pig iron, and used in making tools, girders, etc.
2. high (or hard) steel, steel with a comparatively high percentage of carbon.
3. low (or mild){{}} (or soft) steel, steel with a comparatively low percentage of carbon.
4. medium steel, a tough-tempering steel having a medium carbon content.
5. something made of steel, as a knife-sharpener, device for striking sparks from flints, etc.
6. a sword.
7. a flat strip of steel for stiffening corsets, etc.
8. Stock Exchange
a. the market quotation of a steel concern.
b. stocks, shares, etc., of steel companies.
adjective
9. relating to or made of steel.
10. like steel in colour, hardness, or strength.
verb (t)
11. to fit with steel, as by pointing, edging, or overlaying.
12. to cause to resemble steel in some way.
13. to render insensible, inflexible, unyielding, determined, etc.
phrase
14. steel oneself, (sometimes followed by against) to harden oneself, especially in anticipation of something that must be endured.
{Middle English stēl(e), Old English style, stēle}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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