- 1A hard, strong, gray or bluish-gray alloy of iron with carbon and usually other elements, used extensively as a structural and fabricating material.More example sentences
- This shining metal was not raw iron but hard steel, which bent the softer wrought-iron blades of the Gauls.
- Adding carbon to iron to make steel does make it stronger and tougher, up to a point.
- Carbon steel is an alloy of iron with small amounts of Mn, S, P, and Si. Alloy steels are carbon steels with other additives such as nickel, chromium, vanadium, etc.
- 1.1Used as a symbol or embodiment of strength and firmness: nerves of steel [as modifier]: a steel willMore example sentences
- The big Castlewellan player showed nerves of steel to hammer the ball through the uprights and square the match.
- It's all very well playing great football but you also need a bit of strength and steel about you to make sure you don't concede goals like that.
- Tristan grabbed me right back from him and anchored me to his side with the strength of steel.
- 1.2A rod of roughened steel on which knives are sharpened.More example sentences
- With it I demonstrate that it is impossible to cut yourself when sharpening on a steel as long as you use Neville knives.
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- Mentally prepare (oneself) to do or face something difficult: I speak quickly, steeling myself for a mean replyMore example sentences
- It's all because I'm mentally steeling myself in preparation for next Monday.
- Stiffening, his hand gravitating to his sword hilt, Ikeda steeled himself, preparing for any situation.
- When that was confirmed I realised I had actually been steeling myself in preparation.
Old English stȳle, stēli, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch staal, German Stahl, also to stay2. The verb dates from the late 16th century.