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iron British & World English

A strong, hard magnetic silvery-grey metal, the chemical element of atomic number 26, much used as a material for construction and manufacturing, especially in the form of steel

Fe in iron British & World English

A strong, hard magnetic silvery-grey metal, the chemical element of atomic number 26, much used as a material for construction and manufacturing, especially in the form of steel

no-iron British & World English

(Of clothes or fabric) wrinkle-resistant, and so not needing to be ironed after washing

iron-on British & World English

Able to be fixed to the surface of a fabric by ironing

bog iron British & World English

An impure porous form of limonite deposited in bogs

cast iron British & World English

A hard, relatively brittle alloy of iron and carbon which can be readily cast in a mould and contains a higher proportion of carbon than steel (typically 2-4.3 per cent)

dumb iron British & World English

A curved side piece of a vehicle chassis, to which the front springs are attached

flat iron British & World English

An iron used for pressing clothes which was heated on a hotplate or fire

non-iron British & World English

Not needing to be ironed

sad-iron British & World English

A solid iron for smoothing clothes

pump iron in pump1 British & World English

Exercise with weights

pump iron British & World English

Exercise with weights

pig iron British & World English

Crude iron as first obtained from a smelting furnace, in the form of oblong blocks

soft iron British & World English

Iron that has a low carbon content and is easily magnetized and demagnetized, used to make the cores of solenoids and other electrical equipment

tire iron British & World English

A steel lever for removing tyres from wheel rims

hoop iron British & World English

Flattened iron in long thin strips used for binding together the staves of casks or tubs

iron hand in iron British & World English

Used to refer to firmness or ruthlessness of attitude or behaviour

iron hand British & World English

Used to refer to firmness or ruthlessness of attitude or behaviour

Iron Age British & World English

A prehistoric period that followed the Bronze Age, when weapons and tools came to be made of iron

Iron Gate British & World English

A gorge through which a section of the River Danube flows, forming part of the boundary between Romania and Serbia. Navigation was improved by means of a ship canal constructed through it in 1896

iron grey British & World English

A dark grey colour

Iron Lady British & World English

A nickname given to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, with reference to her allegedly ruthless and inflexible approach

iron lung British & World English

A rigid case fitted over a patient’s body, used for administering prolonged artificial respiration by means of mechanical pumps

iron man British & World English

(Especially in sporting contexts) an exceptionally strong or robust man

iron ore British & World English

A rock or mineral from which iron can be profitably extracted

iron pan British & World English

A hardpan in which iron oxides are the chief cementing agents

leg iron British & World English

A metal band or chain placed around a prisoner’s ankle as a restraint

angle iron British & World English

A constructional material consisting of pieces of iron or steel with an L-shaped cross section, able to be bolted together

steam iron British & World English

An electric iron that emits steam from holes in its flat surface, as an aid to ironing articles that are completely dry

stony-iron British & World English

(Of a meteorite) containing appreciable quantities of both rock and iron

waffle iron British & World English

A utensil, typically consisting of two shallow metal pans hinged together, used for baking waffles

iron-bound British & World English

Bound with iron

Iron Cross British & World English

The highest German military decoration for bravery, instituted in 1813

iron-fisted British & World English

Exercising power in an oppressive or controlling way

Iron Guard British & World English

A fascist Romanian political party that was founded in 1927 and ceased to exist after the Second World War

iron horse British & World English

A steam railway locomotive

iron maiden British & World English

(In historical contexts) an instrument of torture consisting of a coffin-shaped box lined with iron spikes

iron mould British & World English

A spot caused by rust or an ink stain, especially on fabric

iron-willed British & World English

Implacably determined on a course of action; very resolute

branding iron British & World English

A metal implement which is heated and used to brand livestock (or, in former times, criminals or slaves)

grozing iron British & World English

A pair of pliers for clipping the edges of pieces of glass

stirrup iron British & World English

The metal loop of a stirrup, in which the rider’s foot rests

snarling iron British & World English

A tool struck with a hammer to create decorative raised work on metal

Iron Curtain British & World English

A notional barrier separating the former Soviet bloc and the West prior to the decline of communism that followed the political events in eastern Europe in 1989

iron rations British & World English

A small emergency supply of food

wrought iron British & World English

A tough malleable form of iron suitable for forging or rolling rather than casting, obtained by puddling pig iron while molten. It is nearly pure but contains some slag in the form of filaments

corrugated iron British & World English

A building material consisting of iron or steel sheeting bent into a corrugated form


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