steel

steel O.E. style, from West Germanic adjective *stakhlijan "made of steel" (Cf. O.S. stehli, O.N., M.L.G. stal, Dan. staal, Swed. stôl, M.Du. stael, Du. staal, O.H.G. stahal, Ger. Stahl), related to *stakhla "standing fast," from PIE *stek-lo-, from root *stak- "to stand, place, be firm" (see STAY (Cf. stay) (n.1)). No corresponding word exists outside Germanic except those likely borrowed from Germanic languages. The figurative verb sense of "make hard or strong like steel" is first recorded 1580s. Related: Steeled; steeling. Steel wool is attested from 1896.

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  • Steel — (st[=e]l), 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steel — (engl. Stahl) steht für: den englischen Originaltitel des Films Steel Man Steel (Comicserie), amerikanische Comicserie Steel, ein Genort, dessen Mutationen Leuzismus hervorrufen. den italienischen Fernsehsender gleichen Namens, siehe Steel… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • steel — UK US /stiːl/ noun [U] PRODUCTION ► a strong metal that is a mixture of iron and carbon, used for making things that need a strong structure, especially vehicles and buildings: »They have an annual production of about two million tons of steel.… …   Financial and business terms

  • STEEL —    Steel, an alloy of iron and trace amounts of carbon, is a stronger material than cast iron. Known since antiquity, steel began to be produced with some degree of efficiency only in the mid 19th century, with a new industrial procedure called… …   Historical Dictionary of Architecture

  • Steel — (st[=e]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Steeled} (st[=e]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Steeling}.] [AS. st[=y]lan: 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To make …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • steel — [stēl] n. [ME stel < OE stiele, stæli, akin to Ger stahl < IE * stak , to stand: see STAY1] 1. a hard, tough metal composed of iron alloyed with various small percentages of carbon and often variously with other metals, as nickel, chromium …   English World dictionary

  • steel|y — «STEE lee», adjective, steel|i|er, steel|i|est. 1. made of steel. 2. like steel in color, strength, or hardness …   Useful english dictionary

  • steel — ► NOUN 1) a hard, strong grey or bluish grey alloy of iron with carbon and usually other elements, used as a structural material and in manufacturing. 2) a rod of roughened steel on which knives are sharpened. 3) strength and determination:… …   English terms dictionary

  • Steel —   [stiːl], Sir (seit 1977) David Martin Scott, britisch Politiker, * Kirkcaldy 31. 3. 1938; Jurist, arbeitete ab 1964 als Fernsehreporter; 1962 64 stellvertretender Parteisekretär der schottischen Liberalen, seit 1965 Abgeordnete im Unterhaus,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • steel|ie — «STEE lee», noun. 1. a steel marble: »McGurk took all his marbles, including a good steelie (Harper s). 2. = steelhead. (Cf. ↑steelhead) …   Useful english dictionary

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