from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An acoustic guitar with a metal resonator built into the body, often played with a slide and producing a twangy, variable tone.
- n. See Hawaiian guitar.
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- n. A method of playing slide guitar using a steel (a kind of slide).
- n. Any of several types of guitar designed to be played using this method.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. guitar whose steel strings are twanged while being pressed with a movable steel bar for a glissando effect
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“The landlady at The Wharfinger’s Friend reckons he’ll come to no good and blames the mother, who plays the steel guitar at that strip-tease joint behind Magpie Alley.