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Steel vs. Brass — What's the Difference?

Steel vs. Brass — What's the Difference?

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Steel

Steel is an alloy made up of iron with typically a few tenths of a percent of carbon to improve its strength and fracture resistance compared to iron. Many other elements may be present or added.
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Brass

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, in proportions which can be varied to achieve varying mechanical, electrical, and chemical properties. It is a substitutional alloy: atoms of the two constituents may replace each other within the same crystal structure.
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Steel

A hard, strong grey or bluish-grey alloy of iron with carbon and usually other elements, used as a structural and fabricating material
Steel girders
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Brass

A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, sometimes including small amounts of other metals, but usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc.
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Steel

Mentally prepare (oneself) to do or face something difficult
His team were steeling themselves for disappointment
She steeled herself to remain calm
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Brass

Ornaments, objects, or utensils made of this alloy.
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Steel

A generally hard, strong, durable, malleable alloy of iron and carbon, usually containing between 0.2 and 1.5 percent carbon, often with other constituents such as manganese, chromium, nickel, molybdenum, copper, tungsten, cobalt, or silicon, depending on the desired alloy properties, and widely used as a structural material.
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Brass

The section of a band or an orchestra composed of brass instruments.
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Steel

Something, such as a sword, that is made of steel.
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Brass

Brass instruments or their players considered as a group.
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Steel

A quality suggestive of this alloy, especially a hard, unflinching character.
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Brass

A memorial plaque or tablet made of brass, especially one on which an effigy is incised.
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Steel

Steel gray.
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Brass

A bushing or similar lining for a bearing, made from a copper alloy.
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Steel

Made with, relating to, or consisting of steel
Steel beams.
The steel industry.
A bicycle with a steel frame.
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Brass

(Informal) Bold self-assurance; effrontery.
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Steel

Very firm or strong
A steel grip.
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Brass

(Slang) High-ranking military officers or other high officials.
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Steel

Of a steel gray.
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Brass

Chiefly British Money.
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Steel

To cover, plate, edge, or point with steel.
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Brass

(uncountable) A metallic alloy of copper and zinc used in many industrial and plumbing applications.
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Steel

To make hard, strong, or obdurate; strengthen
He steeled himself for disappointment.
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Brass

A memorial or sepulchral tablet usually made of brass or latten
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Steel

An artificial metal produced from iron, harder and more elastic than elemental iron; used figuratively as a symbol of hardness.
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Brass

Fittings, utensils, or other items made of brass
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Steel

(countable) Any item made of this metal, particularly including:
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Brass

(music) A class of wind instruments, usually made of metal (such as brass), that use vibrations of the player's lips to produce sound; the section of an orchestra that features such instruments
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Steel

Bladed or pointed weapons, as swords, javelins, daggers.
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Brass

Spent shell casings (usually made of brass); the part of the cartridge left over after bullets have been fired.
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Steel

A piece used for striking sparks from flint.
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Brass

(uncountable) The colour of brass.
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Steel

Armor.
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Brass

High-ranking officers.
The brass are not going to like this.
The brass is not going to like this.
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Steel

A honing steel, a tool used to sharpen or hone metal blades.
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Brass

A brave or foolhardy attitude; impudence.
You've got a lot of brass telling me to do that!
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Steel

(sewing) Pieces used to strengthen, support, or expand an item of clothing.
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Brass

Money.
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Steel

(dialectal) A flat iron.
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Brass

Inferior composition.
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Steel

A sewing needle; a knitting needle; a sharp metal stylus.
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Brass

A brass nail; a prostitute.
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Steel

(printing) An engraving plate:
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Brass

Made of brass, of or pertaining to brass.
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Steel

Projectiles.
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Brass

Of the colour of brass.
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Steel

(sewing) A fringe of beads or decoration of this metal.
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Brass

(informal) Impertinent, bold: brazen.
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Steel

A type of slide used while playing the steel guitar.
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Brass

(slang) Bad, annoying; as wordplay applied especially to brass instruments.
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Steel

Medicinal consumption of this metal; chalybeate medicine; (eventually) any iron or iron-treated water consumed as a medical treatment.
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Brass

Of inferior composition.
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Steel

(countable) Varieties of this metal.
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Brass

(slang) Brass monkey; cold.
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Steel

The gray hue of this metal; steel-gray, or steel blue.
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Brass

(transitive) To coat with brass.
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Steel

(figurative) Extreme hardness or resilience.
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Brass

An alloy (usually yellow) of copper and zinc, in variable proportion, but often containing two parts of copper to one part of zinc. It sometimes contains tin, and rarely other metals.
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Steel

Made of steel.
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Brass

A journal bearing, so called because frequently made of brass. A brass is often lined with a softer metal, when the latter is generally called a white metal lining. See Axle box, Journal Box, and Bearing.
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Steel

Similar to steel in color, strength, or the like; steely.
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Brass

Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze.
Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey.
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Steel

(business) Of or belonging to the manufacture or trade in steel.
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Brass

Impudence; a brazen face.
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Steel

Containing steel.
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Brass

Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.
The very scullion who cleans the brasses.
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Steel

(printing) Engraved on steel.
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Brass

A brass plate engraved with a figure or device. Specifically, one used as a memorial to the dead, and generally having the portrait, coat of arms, etc.
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Steel

(transitive) To edge, cover, or point with steel.
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Brass

Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass.
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Steel

(transitive) To harden or strengthen; to nerve or make obdurate; to fortify against.
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Brass

An alloy of copper and zinc
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Steel

To back with steel.
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Brass

A wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
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Steel

To treat a liquid with steel for medicinal purposes.
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Brass

The persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something;
He claims that the present administration is corrupt
The governance of an association is responsible to its members
He quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment
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Steel

To press with a flat iron.
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Brass

Impudent aggressiveness;
I couldn't believe her boldness
He had the effrontery to question my honesty
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Steel

To cause to resemble steel in appearance.
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Brass

An ornament or utensil made of brass
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Steel

(transitive) To steelify; to turn iron into steel.
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Brass

The section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments
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Steel

(transitive) To electroplate an item, particularly an engraving plate, with a layer of iron.
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Brass

A memorial made of brass
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Steel

(transitive) To sharpen with a honing steel.
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Steel

Coldbath Fields Prison in London, closed in 1877.
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Steel

A variety of iron intermediate in composition and properties between wrought iron and cast iron (containing between one half of one per cent and one and a half per cent of carbon), and consisting of an alloy of iron with an iron carbide. Steel, unlike wrought iron, can be tempered, and retains magnetism. Its malleability decreases, and fusibility increases, with an increase in carbon.
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Steel

An instrument or implement made of steel
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Steel

A weapon, as a sword, dagger, etc.
While doubting thus he stood,Received the steel bathed in his brother's blood.
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Steel

Fig.: Anything of extreme hardness; that which is characterized by sternness or rigor.
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Steel

An instrument of steel (usually a round rod) for sharpening knives.
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Steel

A chalybeate medicine.
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Steel

A piece of steel for striking sparks from flint.
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Steel

To overlay, point, or edge with steel; as, to steel a razor; to steel an ax.
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Steel

To make hard or strong; hence, to make insensible or obdurate.
Lies well steeled with weighty arguments.
O God of battles! steel my soldiers' hearts.
Why will you fight against so sweet a passion,And steel your heart to such a world of charms?
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Steel

To cause to resemble steel, as in smoothness, polish, or other qualities.
These waters, steeledBy breezeless air to smoothest polish.
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Steel

To cover, as an electrotype plate, with a thin layer of iron by electrolysis. The iron thus deposited is very hard, like steel.
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Steel

An alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range
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Steel

A cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade
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Steel

Knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod
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Steel

Get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
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Steel

Cover, plate, or edge with steel
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