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Webster 1913 Edition


Steely

Steel′y

(-y̆)
,
Adj.
1.
Made of steel; consisting of steel.
“The steely point of Clifford’s lance.”
Shak.
Around his shop the
steely
sparkles flew.
Gay.
2.
Resembling steel; hard; firm; having the color of steel.
“His hair was steely gray.”
The Century.
She would unarm her noble heart of that
steely
resistance against the sweet blows of love.
Sir P. Sidney.
Steely iron
,
a compound of iron containing less than one half of one per cent of carbon.

Webster 1828 Edition


Steely

STEELY

,
Adj.
1.
Made of steel; consisting of steel.
Broachd with the steely point of Cliffords lance.
Around his shop the steely sparkles flew.
2.
Hard; firm.
That she would unarm her noble heart of that steely resistance against the sweet blows of love.

Definition 2022


steely

steely

English

Adjective

steely (comparative steelier, superlative steeliest)

  1. Having qualities resembling those of steel, especially hard and resolute.
    The bully backed down before his steely gaze.
    steely grey hair
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      She would unarm her noble heart of that steely resistance against the sweet blows of love.
  2. Made of steel.
    • Shakespeare
      Broach'd with the steely point of Clifford's lance.
    • Gay
      Around his shop the steely sparkles flew.

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