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"
To furnish or arm with iron; as, to iron a wagon.iron out differences resolve differences; settle a dispute.
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
Origin: [OE. iren, AS. ren, sen, sern; akin to D. ijzer, OS. sarn, OHG. sarn, san, G. eisen, Icel. sarn, jrn, Sw. & Dan. jern, and perh. to E. ice; cf. Ir. iarann, W. haiarn, Armor. houarn.]
Iron is a chemical element with the symbol Fe and atomic number 26. It is a metal in the first transition series. It is the most common element forming the planet Earth as a whole, forming much of Earth's outer and inner core. It is the fourth most common element in the Earth's crust. Iron's very common presence in rocky planets like Earth is due to its abundant production as a result of fusion in high-mass stars, where the production of nickel-56 is the last nuclear fusion reaction that is exothermic. This causes radioactive nickel to become the last element to be produced before collapse of a supernova leads to the explosive events that scatter this precursor radionuclide of iron abundantly into space. Like other group 8 elements, iron exists in a wide range of oxidation states, −2 to +6, although +2 and +3 are the most common. Elemental iron occurs in meteoroids and other low oxygen environments, but is reactive to oxygen and water. Fresh iron surfaces appear lustrous silvery-gray, but oxidize in normal air to give hydrated iron oxides, commonly known as rust. Unlike many other metals which form passivating oxide layers, iron oxides occupy more volume than iron metal, and thus iron oxides flake off and expose fresh surfaces for corrosion.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ī′urn, n. the most common and useful of the metals: an instrument or utensil made of iron, as a hand-harpoon, &c.: a golf-club with an iron head, more set back than the cleek: strength: (pl.) fetters: chains.—adj. formed of iron: resembling iron: rude: stern: fast-binding: not to be broken: robust: dull of understanding.—v.t. to smooth with a smoothing-iron: to arm with iron: to fetter.—adjs. I′ron-bound, bound with iron: rugged, as a coast; I′ron-cased; I′ronclad, clad in iron: covered or protected with iron.—n. a vessel defended by iron plates.—ns. I′ron-clay, a yellowish clay containing a large quantity of iron ore; I′roner, one who irons; I′ron-flint, ferruginous quartz; I′ron-found′er, one who founds or makes castings in iron; I′ron-found′ry, a place where iron is founded or cast.—adj. I′ron-gray, of a gray colour, like that of iron freshly cut or broken.—n. this colour.—adjs. I′ron-hand′ed, having hands hard as iron; I′ron-heart′ed, having a heart hard as iron: cruel.—ns. I′ron-heat′er, the piece of metal heated in the fire for a laundress's box-iron; I′roning, the act of smoothing with hot irons; I′roning-board, a smooth board covered with cloth, on which clothes are laid for ironing; I′roning-machine′, a machine for hotpressing cloth, hats, &c.; I′ron-liq′uor, iron acetate, a dyers' mordant; I′ronmaster, a master or proprietor of ironworks; I′ronmonger, a dealer in articles made of iron; I′ronmongery, a general name for articles made of iron: hardware; I′ron-mould, the spot left on wet cloth after touching rusty iron; I′ron-sand, sand containing particles of iron ore: steel filings used in fireworks.—adj. I′ron-sick (naut.), having the iron bolts and spikes much corroded.—n. I′ronside, a man of iron resolution: (pl.) a name given to Cromwell's irresistible horse.—adj. I′ron-sid′ed, having a side of, or as hard as, iron: rough: hardy.—ns. I′ronsmith, a worker in iron; I′ron-stone, a term usually applied to any ore yielding iron; I′ronware, wares or goods of iron.—adj. I′ron-wit′ted (Shak.), unfeeling, insensible.—n. I′ronwood, applied to the timber of various trees on account of their hardness.—adj. I′ron-word′ed (Tenn.), in words as strong as iron.—n. I′ronwork, the parts of a building, &c., made of iron: anything of iron: a furnace where iron is smelted, or a foundry, &c., where it is made into heavy work.—adj. I′rony, made, consisting, or
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.
It is a chemical element.
Iron is the most abundant element on planet Earth.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'IRON' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2345
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'IRON' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1968
Rank popularity for the word 'IRON' in Nouns Frequency: #949
inro, inrō, noir, nori, Orin, RINO
The numerical value of IRON in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of IRON in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We are moving from Iron Dome to an iron fist.
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countance of his friend.
Everything has its limit--iron ore cannot be educated into gold. - 1906
It's been said I don't like iron ore. (But) sure, i don't mind iron ore if we can get an iron ore asset at the right price.
From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard.
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