steely

[stee-lee]
adjective, steelier, steeliest.
1.
consisting or made of steel.
2.
resembling or suggesting steel, as in color, strength, or hardness.

Origin:
1500–10; steel + -y1

steeliness, noun
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steel (stiːl)
 
n
1.  a.  any of various alloys based on iron containing carbon (usually 0.1--1.7 per cent) and often small quantities of other elements such as phosphorus, sulphur, manganese, chromium, and nickel. Steels exhibit a variety of properties, such as strength, machinability, malleability, etc, depending on their composition and the way they have been treated
 b.  See also stainless steel (as modifier): steel girders
2.  something that is made of steel
3.  a steel stiffener in a corset, etc
4.  a ridged steel rod with a handle used for sharpening knives
5.  the quality of hardness, esp with regard to a person's character or attitudes
6.  stock exchange See also steels the quotation for steel shares
7.  (modifier) resembling steel: steel determination
 
vb
8.  to fit, plate, edge, or point with steel
9.  to make hard and unfeeling: he steeled his heart against her sorrow; he steeled himself for the blow
 
[Old English stēli; related to Old High German stehli, Middle Dutch stael]
 
'steely
 
adj
 
'steeliness
 
n

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Example sentences
It added an edginess, a steely tension to the entire presentation.
He himself radiates the steely charm that seems to open the way to the top.
However, my steely resolve did not extend to tapping our emergency fund, or
  borrowing money.
They glint with a steely resolve when he thinks of a way to prolong the lives
  of his ailing kids.
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