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Meaning of STEEL

Pronunciation:  steel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod
  2. [n]  a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade
  3. [n]  an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range
  4. [v]  get ready for something difficult or unpleasant

STEEL is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: blade, brand, nerve, sword
 See Also: alloy, alloy steel, arm, atomic number 26, austenitic steel, backsword, brace, broadsword, carbon steel, case-hardened steel, cavalry sword, chisel steel, crucible steel, cutlas, cutlass, Damascus steel, Damask steel, Excalibur, falchion, Fe, fencing sword, foible, forte, haft, hard steel, helve, hilt, iron, low-carbon steel, medium steel, metal, mild steel, peak, pearlite, point, poise, quenched steel, rapier, saber, sabre, sharpener, soft-cast steel, structural steel, tip, weapon, weapon system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Steel\, n. [AS. st[=e]l, st[=y]l, st[=y]le; akin to D.
    staal, G. stahl, OHG. stahal, Icel. st[=a]l, Dan. staal, Sw.
    st[*a]l, Old Prussian stakla.]
    1. (Metal) 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
    2. An instrument or implement made of steel; as:
       (a) A weapon, as a sword, dagger, etc. ``Brave Macbeth . .
           . with his brandished steel.'' --Shak.
                 While doubting thus he stood, Received the steel
                 bathed in his brother's blood.    --Dryden.
       (b) An instrument of steel (usually a round rod) for
           sharpening knives.
       (c) A piece of steel for striking sparks from flint.
    3. Fig.: Anything of extreme hardness; that which is
       characterized by sternness or rigor. ``Heads of steel.''
       --Johnson. ``Manhood's heart of steel.'' --Byron.
    4. (Med.) A chalybeate medicine. --Dunglison.
    Note: Steel is often used in the formation of compounds,
          generally of obvious meaning; as, steel-clad,
          steel-girt, steel-hearted, steel-plated, steel-pointed,
    {Bessemer steel} (Metal.) See in the Vocabulary.
    {Blister steel}. (Metal.) See under {Blister}.
    {Cast steel} (Metal.), a fine variety of steel, originally
       made by smelting blister or cementation steel; hence,
       ordinarily, steel of any process of production when
       remelted and cast.
    {Cromium steel} (Metal.), a hard, tenacious variety
       containing a little cromium, and somewhat resembling
       {tungsten steel}.
    {Mild steel} (Metal.), a kind of steel having a lower
       proportion of carbon than ordinary steel, rendering it
       softer and more malleable.
    {Puddled steel} (Metal.), a variety of steel produced from
       cast iron by the puddling process.
    {Steel duck} (Zo["o]l.), the goosander, or merganser. [Prov.
    {Steel mill}.
       (a) (Firearms) See {Wheel lock}, under {Wheel}.
       (b) A mill which has steel grinding surfaces.
       (c) A mill where steel is manufactured.
    {Steel trap}, a trap for catching wild animals. It consists
       of two iron jaws, which close by means of a powerful steel
       spring when the animal disturbs the catch, or tongue, by
       which they are kept open.
    {Steel wine}, wine, usually sherry, in which steel filings
       have been placed for a considerable time, -- used as a
    {Tincture of steel} (Med.), an alcoholic solution of the
       chloride of iron.
    {Tungsten steel} (Metal.), a variety of steel containing a
       small amount of tungsten, and noted for its tenacity and
       hardness, as well as for its malleability and tempering
       qualities. It is also noted for its magnetic properties.
  2. \Steel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Steeled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Steeling}.] [AS. stlan: cf. Icel. st[ae]la. See {Steel}, n.]
    1. To overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a
       razor; to steel an ax.
    2. To make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or
             Lies well steeled with weighty arguments. --Shak.
             O God of battles! steel my soldier's hearts. --Shak.
             Why will you fight against so sweet a passion, And
             steel your heart to such a world of charms?
    3. Fig.: To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness,
       polish, or other qualities.
             These waters, steeled By breezeless air to smoothest
             polish.                               --Wordsworth.
    4. (Elec.) To cover, as an electrotype plate, with a thin
       layer of iron by electrolysis. The iron thus deposited is
       very hard, like steel.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing steel in your dream, symbolizes toughness and strength. The dream may also be a pun on stealing.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The "bow of steel" in (A.V.) 2 Sam. 22:35; Job 20:24; Ps. 18:34 is in the Revised Version "bow of brass" (Heb. kesheth-nehushah). In Jer. 15:12 the same word is used, and is also rendered in the Revised Version "brass." But more correctly it is copper (q.v.), as brass in the ordinary sense of the word (an alloy of copper and zinc) was not known to the ancients.