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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR 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.

From sea to sea there was stringing of bows in the cottage and clang of steel in the castle.

The "thanks" clipped like a steel trap, and the business was completed.

There was no pleasure in watching their clever manipulation of the little, steel hook.

His trusty sword, in its steel scabbard, strikes clanking on the doorstep.

A steel trap is real firm when it lays hold and tries to be.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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