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stainless steel

Definition:

steel containing chromium that makes it resistant to corrosion

Class:

substance noun (substance and materials)

Plural:

stainless steels

Type of:

alloy steel » steel » alloy » mixture

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

a chromium-steel alloy (usually 14% chormium) used for cutlery, and so on..., so ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Stainless steel | inox steel | inox

a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5% to 11% chromium content by mass. Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel does, but despite the name it's not fully stain-proof, most notably under low oxygen, high ... (43 of 4447 words, 6 images)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

stainless steel [metallurgy]

any one of a family of alloy steels usually containing 10 to 30 percent chromium. In conjunction with low carbon contents, chromium imparts remarkable ... (24 of 305 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/562558​/stainless-steel

Collins Dictionary:

stainless steel

a type of steel resistant to corrosion as a result of the presence of large ... | [modifier] (17 of 444 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stainless-steel

Merriam-Webster:

stainless steel

an alloy of steel with chromium and sometimes another element (as nickel or molybdenum) that is practically immune to rusting and ordinary corrosion (23 of 50 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stainless steel

Macmillan British Dictionary:

stainless steel [uncountable] | stainless-steel [adjective, related]

steel that has been treated to stop rust forming on its surface, used for making knives, tools, and other things (20 of 48 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stainless-steel

Oxford Dictionary:

stainless steel

a form of steel containing chromium, resistant to tarnishing and rust (11 of 45 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stainless-steel

Columbia Encyclopedia:

steel | open-hearth process | rolling mill | stainless steel

alloy of iron, carbon, and small proportions of other elements. Iron contains impurities in the form of silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, and manganese; ... (22 of 41 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0846593​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

stainless steel

Any of various steels alloyed with at least 10 percent chromium and sometimes containing other elements and that are resistant to corrosion or rusting ... (24 of 35 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stainless-steel

Cambridge Dictionary:

stainless steel

a type of steel containing chromium, which does not chemically react with air or water and does not change its colour (21 of 27 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stainless-steel

Random House Dictionary:

stainless steel | stainless [synonym]

alloy steel containing 12 percent or more chromium, so as to be resistant to rust and attack from various chemicals. (20 of 25 words)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/stainless-steel

Wiktionary:

stainless steel

An alloy of iron and chromium that resists corrosion. | Made of stainless steel. (13 of 15 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

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New World Dictionary:

stainless steel

steel alloyed with chromium, etc., virtually immune to rust and corrosion (11 of 13 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

stainless steel [hyphenated before a noun]

a corrosion-resistant steel containing at least 12 percent chromium that has many domestic and industrial uses, e.g. making ... (18 of 40 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861714414​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

stainless steel

First use: 1917

Origin: a chromium-steel alloy (usually 14% chormium) used for cutlery, and so on..., so called because it's highly resistant to rust or tarnish.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=stainless steel

Wiktionary:

stainless

Origin: stain + -less

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stainless

stain | stains [plural] | stained [past tense] | staining [present participle]

Origin: Middle English steinen, steynen ("to stain, colour, paint"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse steina ("to stain, colour, paint"), from steinn ("stone, mineral blee, colour, stain"), from Proto-Germanic... (29 of 44 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stain

-less | ⠨⠎

Origin: Old English -lēas, from lēas ("devoid of"), from Proto-Germanic *lausaz. (Not related to less, which derives from *laisiz, *laisizô.) Cognate to German los, -los.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-less

Audio references

Macmillan American Dictionary:

stainless steel [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stainless steel"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/stainless-steel

stainless

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stainless"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

stainless steel [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stainless steel"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stainless-steel

stainless

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stainless"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

stainless steel

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "stainless steel"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "stainless steel"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stainless-steel

YourDictionary Audio:

stainless steel

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stainless steel" by speech synthesizer

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stainless

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stainless" by speech synthesizer

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Collins Dictionary:

stainless

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stainless"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stainless

the Free Dictionary:

stainless

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "stainless"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "stainless"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "stainless" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/stainless

Google Dictionary:

stainless

Audio: English pronunciation of "stainless"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

stainless

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stainless"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=stainl​01 word=stainless

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