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steel

noun [U] uk   /stiːl/ us  
B2 a strong metal that is a mixture of iron and carbon, used for making things that need a strong structure, especially vehicles and buildings: steel girders/rods/struts a steel helmet a steel-plated army truckMetals and metalworkingChemical elements

steel

verb uk   /stiːl/ us  
steel yourself to force yourself to get ready to do something unpleasant or difficult: [+ to infinitive] She steeled herself to jump out of the plane.Preparing
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