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stainless steel

alloy steel containing 12 percent or more chromium, so as to be resistant to rust and attack from various chemicals.
Also called stainless.
Origin of stainless steel
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for stainless steel
  • Both are plastic outside but have stainless steel inside.
  • The group have also used their machine to punch holes in hardened steel, including stainless steel.
  • My fantasy football is made out of brushed stainless steel.
  • Here, dark-wood surfaces and stainless steel appliances do the trick.
  • stainless steel appliances, sink, and hardware catch the light.
  • Tucked into one end of the kitchen is a stainless steel cabinet constantly filled with clouds of steam.
  • Aluminum serves as a less costly alternative to stainless steel for counters.
  • Another problem is the use of a stainless steel frame, which has a fixed structure and cannot be absorbed by the body.
  • Behind windows framed with brushed stainless steel and red birch, lab technicians work with the virus.
  • The tide toward tap has boosted businesses that make reusable water bottles, especially aluminum and stainless steel varieties.
British Dictionary definitions for stainless steel

stainless steel

  1. a type of steel resistant to corrosion as a result of the presence of large amounts of chromium (12–15 per cent). The carbon content depends on the application, being 0.2–0.4 per cent for steel used in cutlery, etc, and about 1 per cent for use in scalpels and razor blades
  2. (as modifier): stainless-steel cutlery
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Word Origin and History for stainless steel

1917, a chromium-steel alloy (usually 14% chromium) used for cutlery, etc., so called because it is highly resistant to rust or tarnish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stainless steel in Science
stainless steel
Any of various alloys of iron that contain chromium, nickel, and small amounts of carbon. They may also contain minor amounts of other elements, such as molybdenum. Stainless steel is resistant to rusting and corrosion.
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