Meaning of “steel” in the English Dictionary

"steel" in British English

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steelnoun [ U ]

uk /stiːl/ us /stiːl/

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:

a steel helmet
a steel-plated army truck

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  • a steel mill
  • Coke is used in the production of steel.
  • The concrete is strengthened with steel rods.
  • Guitar strings nowadays are made from steel or nylon.
  • The gates were locked with a padlock and a heavy steel chain.

steelverb

uk /stiːl/ us /stiːl/

(Definition of “steel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"steel" in American English

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steelnoun [ U ]

us /stil/

steel noun [ U ] (METAL)

a strong metal that is made by processing iron to remove some of the carbon:

the steel industry

steelverb [ T ]

us /stil/

steel verb [ T ] (PREPARE)

to prepare yourself to be able to do something unpleasant or difficult:

She steeled herself to face her accusers.

(Definition of “steel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"steel" in Business English

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steelnoun [ U ]

uk /stiːl/ us PRODUCTION

a strong metal that is a mixture of iron and carbon, used for making things that need a strong structure, especially vehicles and buildings:

They have an annual production of about two million tons of steel.
steel rod/girder/container The concrete is strengthened with steel rods.
a steel plant/factory

the industry that produces steel:

The area's main industries are cement, iron, and steel.
He asked the U.S Congress to move swiftly to aid the state's ailing steel industry.
steel company/group/giant The company has become one of the region's most influential steel giants.
steel jobs/workers

(Definition of “steel” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)