- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)v. t. plate, armor, coat; temper, anneal, case-harden; harden, inure, strengthen, toughen; brace, gird, fortify. See hardness, strength.II(Roget's IV) n.1. [A hard metal]Syn. iron alloy, iron, stainless steel, tempered steel.Forms and varieties of steel include: ingot, bar, slab, billet, rod, girder, beam, I-beam, scrap, hot rolled sheet, cold rolled sheet, plate, skelp, angle, channel, round, flat, square, joist bar, Z-bar, reinforcing, steel wool, steel filings, wire rod; see also alloy , metal .2. [A knife sharpener]Syn. sharpening rod, whetstone, oilstone.III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.harden, toughen, inure, brace, fortify, strengthen.IV(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To prepare (oneself) for action: brace, forearm, fortify, gird, ready, strengthen. Idiom: gird (or gird up) one's loins. See PREPARED.
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