steel wool
noun Date: 1896 an abrasive material composed of long fine steel shavings and used especially for scouring and burnishing

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Steel wool — or wire wool is a bundle of strands of very fine soft steel filaments, used in finishing and repairing work to polish wood or metal objects, as well as for household cleaning. Steel wool is made from low carbon steel (low enough to be close to… …   Wikipedia

  • steel wool — n [U] a rough material made of fine steel threads, that is used to make surfaces smooth, remove paint etc →↑wire wool …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • steel wool — noun uncount very thin pieces of wire twisted together into a ball, used for cleaning metal: WIRE WOOL …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • steel wool — steel′ wool′ n. bui a tangled or matted mass of stringlike steel shavings, used for scouring, polishing, smoothing, etc • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • steel wool — ► NOUN ▪ fine strands of steel matted together into a mass, used as an abrasive …   English terms dictionary

  • steel wool — n. long, hairlike shavings of steel in a pad or ball, used for scouring, smoothing, and polishing …   English World dictionary

  • steel wool — noun a mass of woven steel fibers used as an abrasive • Syn: ↑wire wool • Hypernyms: ↑abrasive, ↑abradant, ↑abrasive material * * * noun : an abrasive material composed of long fine steel shavings and used especially for scouring and burnishing * …   Useful english dictionary

  • steel wool — N UNCOUNT Steel wool is a mass of fine steel threads twisted together into a small ball and used for cleaning hard surfaces or removing paint …   English dictionary

  • steel wool — /stil ˈwʊl/ (say steel wool) noun fine threads or shavings of steel, tangled into a small pad, and used for scouring, polishing, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • steel wool — noun Steel wool is used before these nouns: ↑pad …   Collocations dictionary

  • steel wool — noun (U) a rough material made of fine steel threads, that is used to make surfaces smooth, remove paint etc compare wire wool …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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