The operation was apparently intended to terrify the residents into leaving voluntarily, but instead it steeled their resolve.
Huntsman is a long shot, and his daughters are steeled for whatever the outcome.
I steeled myself, expecting that she would need comfort and reassurance.
But as this gleam of sunshine comforted her, she steeled herself against its influence and drew herself up bravely.
She met my eye as unflinchingly as if her bosom had been steeled with conscious innocence.
“There is no such thing as love in real life,” he said, in his steeled voice.
All this aroused his rancour now, and steeled his heart against the voice of honour.
Yet he steeled himself to bow again, though his eyes flashed.
A life of crime had steeled her soul against every merciful impression.
They were the deities of remorse, and she had steeled her soul against the stings of conscience.
Old English style, from West Germanic adjective *stakhlijan "made of steel" (cf. Old Saxon stehli, Old Norse, Middle Low German stal, Danish staal, Swedish stål, Middle Dutch stael, Dutch staal, Old High German stahal, German Stahl), related to *stakhla "standing fast," from PIE *stek-lo-, from root *stak- "to stand, place, be firm" (see stay (n.1)). No corresponding word exists outside Germanic except those likely borrowed from Germanic languages. Steel wool is attested from 1896.
"make hard or strong like steel," 1580s, figurative, from steel (n.). Related: Steeled; steeling.
The "bow of steel" in (A.V.) 2 Sam. 22:35; Job 20:24; Ps. 18:34 is in the Revised Version "bow of brass" (Heb. kesheth-nehushah). In Jer. 15:12 the same word is used, and is also rendered in the Revised Version "brass." But more correctly it is copper (q.v.), as brass in the ordinary sense of the word (an alloy of copper and zinc) was not known to the ancients.