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steel wool

noun
1.
a tangled or matted mass of stringlike steel shavings, used for scouring, polishing, smoothing, etc.
Origin of steel wool
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • steel wool is made by turning off fine shavings from the edges of a number of thin discs of steel, held together in a lathe.

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  • If the grain is raised, sandpaper lightly, or rub with steel wool and then with boiled oil.

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British Dictionary definitions for steel wool

steel wool

noun
1.
a tangled or woven mass of fine steel fibres, used for cleaning or polishing
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