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As a major source for steel during World War II, Sheffield was a frequent target of bombing raids.
We made big things like steel for ships and tractors and turbines for hydroelectric plants.
Now the lead breacher explained how he cut through the steel doors bin Laden used to seal himself into the compound at night.
The rest is going to wherever that steel is getting outsourced.
It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.
Her struggles met only the unbending, pitiless resistance of steel.
The doctor there speaks of ‘our steel pens,’ as if they were not at all uncommon.
The man said he was going to get the strips rolled to make into steel pens.
A helmet fell from his hands on the floor with a ring of steel.
«Aye, it is the steel head-piece of the watchman,» remarked the archer.
- any of various alloys based on iron containing carbon (usually 0.1–1.7 per cent) and often small quantities of other elements such as phosphorus, sulphur, manganese, chromium, and nickel. Steels exhibit a variety of properties, such as strength, machinability, malleability, etc, depending on their composition and the way they have been treated
- ( as modifier ): steel girders See also stainless steel
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Old English style , from West Germanic adjective *stakhlijan «made of steel» (cf. Old Saxon stehli , Old Norse, Middle Low German stal , Danish staal , Swedish stål , Middle Dutch stael , Dutch staal , Old High German stahal , German Stahl ), related to *stakhla «standing fast,» from PIE *stek-lo- , from root *stak- «to stand, place, be firm» (see stay (n.1)). No corresponding word exists outside Germanic except those likely borrowed from Germanic languages. Steel wool is attested from 1896.
«make hard or strong like steel,» 1580s, figurative, from steel (n.). Related: Steeled , steeling .