Steel Steel (st[=e]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Steeled} (st[=e]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Steeling}.] [AS. st[=y]lan: cf. Icel. st[ae]la. See {Steel}, n.] 1. To overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a razor; to steel an ax. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or obdurate. [1913 Webster]

Lies well steeled with weighty arguments. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

O God of battles! steel my soldiers' hearts. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Why will you fight against so sweet a passion, And steel your heart to such a world of charms? --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities. [1913 Webster]

These waters, steeled By breezeless air to smoothest polish. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

4. (Elec.) To cover, as an electrotype plate, with a thin layer of iron by electrolysis. The iron thus deposited is very hard, like steel. [1913 Webster]

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