Steel - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stiːl|  American pronunciation of the word steel
Brit.  |stiːl|  British pronunciation of the word steel


- an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range
- a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard (syn: blade, brand, sword)
- knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod


- get ready for something difficult or unpleasant (syn: nerve)
- cover, plate, or edge with steel

Extra examples

The beams are made of steel.

Steel is an important industry in this area.

The invaders were driven back by steel.

Sheffield is a major steel town.

There are 12 pieces in this stainless steel knife set.

...a round of steel to reinforce the wooden beam...

He had a steel plate put in his shoulder after the accident.

The panels are attached to the building's steel framework.

...hoped that his inspirational talk would steel the youths in the pursuit of their dreams...

As the cost of steel goes up, expect to see a corresponding increase in building costs.

The steel must be properly tempered.

The steel grinds to a sharp edge.

Steel columns brace the structure.

The porch is supported by steel cantilevers.

The building is a colossus of steel and glass.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: steel
he/she/it: steels
present participle: steeling
past tense: steeled
past participle: steeled
singular: steel
plural: steels
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