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stainless steel

noun
1.
alloy steel containing 12 percent or more chromium, so as to be resistant to rust and attack from various chemicals.
Also called stainless.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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stainless steel

noun
1.
  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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stainless steel

n.

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

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stainless steel
  (stān'lĭs)   
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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