Definitions for IRONˈaɪ ərn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a ductile, malleable, silver-white metallic element, used in its impure carbon-containing forms for making tools, implements, machinery, etc.
Ref: Symbol: Fe 1
something hard, strong, unyielding, or the like:
hearts of iron.
an instrument, utensil, weapon, etc., made of iron.
an appliance with a flat metal bottom, used when heated, as by electricity, to press or smooth clothes, linens, etc.
any of a series of nine iron-headed golf clubs having progressively sloped-back faces, used for driving or lofting the ball.
Ref: Compare wood1 (def. 6). 1 1 8
a branding iron.
irons, shackles or fetters.
(adj.)of, containing, or made of iron.
resembling iron in firmness, strength, color, etc.
stern; harsh; cruel.
strong; robust; healthy.
holding or binding strongly:
an iron grip.
(v.t.)to smooth or press with a heated iron, as clothes or linens.
to furnish, mount, or arm with iron.
to shackle or fetter with irons.
(v.i.)to press clothes, linens, etc., with an iron.
iron out, to resolve or clear away (difficulties, etc.).
Category: Verb Phrase
Idioms for iron:
irons in the fire,undertakings; projects.
Origin of iron:
bef. 900; ME, OE īren
iron, Fe, atomic number 26(noun)
a heavy ductile magnetic metallic element; is silver-white in pure form but readily rusts; used in construction and tools and armament; plays a role in the transport of oxygen by the blood
a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head
iron, branding iron(noun)
implement used to brand live stock
iron, smoothing iron(adj)
home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth
"an iron constitution"
iron, iron out, press(verb)
press and smooth with a heated iron
"press your shirts"; "she stood there ironing"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a metal used to make steel and necessary for a good diet
***a gate made of iron; 400 mg of iron in the vitamin
a device using heat to press clothes flat
a steam iron
to use an iron to press clothes flat
to iron a shirt
made of iron
an iron bar
very strong or determined
his iron constitution
To pass an iron over (clothing or some other item made of cloth) in order to remove creases.
Made of the metal iron.
Strong (as of will), inflexible.
the most common and most useful metallic element, being of almost universal occurrence, usually in the form of an oxide (as hematite, magnetite, etc.), or a hydrous oxide (as limonite, turgite, etc.). It is reduced on an enormous scale in three principal forms; viz., cast iron, steel, and wrought iron. Iron usually appears dark brown, from oxidation or impurity, but when pure, or on a fresh surface, is a gray or white metal. It is easily oxidized (rusted) by moisture, and is attacked by many corrosive agents. Symbol Fe (Latin Ferrum). Atomic weight 55.9. Specific gravity, pure iron, 7.86; cast iron, 7.1. In magnetic properties, it is superior to all other substances
an instrument or utensil made of iron; -- chiefly in composition; as, a flatiron, a smoothing iron, etc
fetters; chains; handcuffs; manacles
strength; power; firmness; inflexibility; as, to rule with a rod of iron
of, or made of iron; consisting of iron; as, an iron bar, dust
resembling iron in color; as, iron blackness
like iron in hardness, strength, impenetrability, power of endurance, insensibility, etc.;
rude; hard; harsh; severe
firm; robust; enduring; as, an iron constitution
inflexible; unrelenting; as, an iron will
not to be broken; holding or binding fast; tenacious
to smooth with an instrument of iron; especially, to smooth, as cloth, with a heated flatiron; -- sometimes used with out
to shackle with irons; to fetter or handcuff
to furnish or arm with iron; as, to iron a wagon
The New Hacker's Dictionary
Hardware, especially older and larger hardware of mainframe class with big metal cabinets housing relatively low-density electronics (but the term is also used of modern supercomputers). Often in the phrase big iron. Oppose silicon. See also dinosaur.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A metallic element with atomic symbol Fe, atomic number 26, and atomic weight 55.85. It is an essential constituent of HEMOGLOBINS; CYTOCHROMES; and IRON-BINDING PROTEINS. It plays a role in cellular redox reactions and in the transport of OXYGEN.
Translations for IRON
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(also adjective) (of) an element that is the most common metal, is very hard, and is widely used for making tools etc
Steel is made from iron; The ground is as hard as iron; iron railings; iron determination (= very strong determination).
- حَديدي، صَلْبArabic
- ferroPortuguese (BR)
- železo; železnýCzech
- das Eisen;eisernGerman
- jern; jern-Danish
- σίδερο, σιδερένιοςGreek
- 鉄 (の)Japanese
- dzelzs; dzelzs-Latvian
- železo; železnýSlovak
- 鐵Chinese (Trad.)
- 铁Chinese (Simp.)
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