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.
An instrument or implement made of steel
A weapon, as a sword, dagger, etc.
An instrument of steel (usually a round rod) for sharpening knives.
A piece of steel for striking sparks from flint.
Fig.: Anything of extreme hardness; that which is characterized by sternness or rigor.
A chalybeate medicine.
To overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a razor; to steel an ax.
To make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or obdurate.
Fig.: To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities.
To cover, as an electrotype plate, with a thin layer of iron by electrolysis. The iron thus deposited is very hard, like steel.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self. Benjamin Franklin
Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. Henry David Thoreau
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. George W. Bush
Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel. Napoleon Hill