Full record for plasteel n.

Definition a material with some of the characteristics of steel, such as strength, but which is plastic or plastic-based
OED requirements antedating 1955
Earliest cite Frank Herbert, 'Under Pressure'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1965 cite from Frank Herbert's "The Prophet of Dune". Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Harlan Ellison's "Run for the Stars"; Mike Christie verified the cite in a 1959 printing, and Guy Gordon subsequently verified the cite in the 1957 original magazine appearance.

Enoch Forrester submitted a 1983 cite from David Brin's "Startide Rising"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the first magazine appearance in 1981. Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye's 1990 "The Death of Sleep". Edward Bornstein submitted a 2002 cite from John Ringo's "When the Devil Dances". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of George R.R. Martin's "Loaves and Fishes", and Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1985 first magazine appearance. Enoch Forrester located and James Sutherland confirmed a cite in an undated reprint of Anne McCaffrey's "Survivors: Dinosaur Planet II". Cory Panshin submitted a 1974 cite from Alexei Panshin's "When the Vertical World Becomes Horizontal" in Universe 4. Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Harlan Ellison's "Trojan Hearse". Greg Tidwell submitted a cite from a 1976 reprint of Frank Herbert's "The Dragon in the Sea", which Mike Christie verified in its original publication (as the serial "Under Pressure, November 1955, Astounding Science Fiction)

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Citations for plasteel n.

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1955 F. Herbert Under Pressure in Astounding Sci. Fiction Nov. 57/2 What we need is a dielectric as tough as plasteel.
1965 F. Herbert in Analog Sci. Fiction/Fact Apr. 111/1 The shafts were about a meter and a half long with glistening plasteel hoods at one end, roughened at the other end for a firm grip.
1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 39 All of his dreams since the age of nine had dealt with ships. Ships, at first, of plasteel and jubber, sailing the straits and archipelagos of Calafia, and later ships of space.
1984 K. S. Robinson Icehenge (1990) 7, I found him in one of the little window rooms, seated before the thick plasteel separating him from the vacuum.
1984 A. McCaffrey Survivors: Dinosaur Planet II 41 Even a heavyworlder would have had to grunt to bash the sturdy plasteel frame and body skin.
1985 Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact mid-Dec. 32/1 Roggandor's cyborg ambassador was as broad as he was tall, made in equal parts of stainless duralloy, dark plasteel, and mottled red-black flesh.
1985 Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Oct. 61/1 Don't worry, you're safe. That's triple-thick plasteel, neither the world nor the elevator is likely to fall on us, and the chances of the dome's being struck by a meteor are astronomically low.
1985 Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact mid-Dec. 22/1 Implanted duralloy claws, sharp as goddamned razors, concealed in special paw sheaths. A subcutaneous net of non-allogenic plasteel mesh that makes him awfully tough to hurt.
1985 D. Brin Warm Space in D. Brin Otherness (1994) 270 The machine/scientist swivelled at the hips and rolled up the gangplank. Steamlike vapour puffed from vents on the official's plasteel carapace.
1990 A. McCaffrey & J. L. Nye Death of Sleep (1992) 95 I knew those struts were faulty. Trust Plasteel Corporation, the crew boss told us.
1993 H. Harrison Golden Years of Stainless Steel Rat in H. Harrison Stainless Steel Visions (1993) 246 This stripped away the surface plastic that covered the far harder plasteel of the flexible saw inside.
1999 A. Thomson Through Alien Eyes (2000) ii. 43 She looked down at the bland grey plasteel table.