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Topic: INDUSTRY

Language: Old English
Origin: style, stele

steel

1 noun
     
steel1 S2 W3
1 [uncountable]HCE strong metal that can be shaped easily, consisting of iron and carbon:
a steel bridge
stainless steel knives (=steel that does not change colour)
2 [uncountable]TI the industry that makes steel:
Sheffield is a major steel town.
steel workers
3

nerves of steel

the ability to be brave and calm in a dangerous or difficult situation
4 [countable]D a thin bar of steel used for making knives sharp
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