American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Made of steel.
- adj. Resembling steel, as in color or hardness: steely eyes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of steel; made of steel.
- Resembling steel in some of its essential properties; hard; firm; stubborn.
- Resembling steel in color, metallic luster, or general appearance; having more or less imperfectly the qualities or composition of steel: as, steely iron.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Made of steel; consisting of steel.
- adj. Resembling steel; hard; firm; having the color of steel.
- adj. resembling steel in hardness
- adj. resembling steel as in hardness
“Hardly had Jawamard made an end of his verses when there came out upon him from among the trees a horseman of terrible mien covered and clad in steely sheen, who cried out to him, saying,”
“Joseph Small, pilot of the Bronco OV 10 plane that crashed as it returned from a mission, watched in steely silence.”
“It is hard to imagine four more successful, intelligent, and tough - or to use the press description, 'steely' - women than Hillary Clinton, Jenny Sanford, Elizabeth Edwards, and Silda Spitzer.”
“It is hard to imagine four more successful, intelligent, and tough - or to use the press description, 'steely' - women than Hillary Clinton, Jenny Sanford,”
“al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in Yemen, Mr Obama said, his jaw clenched in an expression of steely resolve that was familiar from the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's demise at the start of May.”
“Katie set her jaw, and her expression grew steely.”
“Want to come around? "said Skippy, with what is commonly described as a steely look.”
“Comedic idioms and cultural mores aside, actor Christian Tramitz has the kind of steely look you need for a role like this and I damn well want to see how it all comes together.”
“With opinion polls showing wide popular support for a public option, this is the time for President Obama to set aside his deep-seated instinct for compromise and to show the kind of steely resolve President Roosevelt displayed in defeating the Clark amendment.”
“As a matter of fact, he had just met with the "steely" Condi the week before.”
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