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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

iron English Thesaurus

she needed some iron in her soul

iron New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

chemical element of atomic number 26

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

iron-on British & World English

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

no-iron British & World English

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

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

hoop iron British & World English

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

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

non-iron British & World English

Not needing to be ironed

pig iron British & World English

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

pump iron British & World English

Exercise with weights

sad-iron British & World English

A solid iron for smoothing clothes

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

cast iron New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

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

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

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

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

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


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