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Definition of Steel


  1. 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.
  2. An instrument or implement made of steel
  3. A weapon, as a sword, dagger, etc.
  4. An instrument of steel (usually a round rod) for sharpening knives.
  5. A piece of steel for striking sparks from flint.
  6. Fig.: Anything of extreme hardness; that which is characterized by sternness or rigor.
  7. A chalybeate medicine.
  8. To overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a razor; to steel an ax.
  9. To make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or obdurate.
  10. Fig.: To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities.
  11. To cover, as an electrotype plate, with a thin layer of iron by electrolysis. The iron thus deposited is very hard, like steel.

Steel Quotations

Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.
Chuck Norris

And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream.
Daniel Libeskind

The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.
Richard M. Nixon

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
Benjamin Franklin

Iron which is brought near a spiral of copper wire, traversed by an electrical current, becomes magnetic, and then attracts other pieces of iron, or a suitably placed steel magnet.
Hermann von Helmholtz
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Steel Translations

steel in Afrikaans is staal
steel in Dutch is staal
steel in French is acier
steel in German is Stahl
steel in Italian is acciao, acciaio
steel in Spanish is acero
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