Iron Definition

īərn
ironed, ironing, irons
noun
irons
A white, malleable, ductile, metallic chemical element that can be readily magnetized, rusts rapidly in moist or salty air, and is vital to plant and animal life: it is the most common of all metals, and its alloys, as steel, are extensively used: symbol, Fe; at. no. 26
Webster's New World
Any tool, implement, device, apparatus, etc. made of iron.
Webster's New World
Firm strength; power.
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Any of a set of numbered clubs with metal heads having various lofts; specif., the number 2 iron with little loft, used chiefly for relatively long fairway shots; the number 5 iron with medium loft; and the number 9 iron with much loft, used chiefly for short, lofted shots to the green.
Webster's New World
A metal appliance with a handle and a weighted flat bottom, used when heated to press wrinkles from fabric.
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adjective
Of or consisting of iron.
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Like iron.
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Strong, healthy, and capable of great endurance.
An iron constitution.
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Cruel; merciless.
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Inflexible; unyielding.
Iron resolve.
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verb
ironed, ironing, irons
To remove (creases) by pressing.
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To press (clothes or cloth) smooth or flat with a hot iron.
Webster's New World
To shackle (a prisoner) with irons.
Webster's New World
To furnish or cover with iron.
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To iron clothes or cloth.
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idiom
in irons
  • Lying head to the wind and unable to turn either way.
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iron in the fire
  • An undertaking or project in progress:

    has many irons in the fire this year.

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have many (<i>or</i> several, <i>etc.</i>) irons in the fire
  • to have or be engaged in many (or several, etc.) activities, enterprises, or the like
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in irons
  • shackled with irons
  • headed into the wind with no way on
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iron out
  • to smooth out; eliminate
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Other Word Forms of Iron

Noun

Singular:
iron
Plural:
irons

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Origin of Iron

  • From Middle English iren, a rhotacism of Old English īsern, īsærn, īren, īsen, from Proto-Germanic *īsarną (compare Dutch ijzer, West Frisian izer, German Eisen, Danish jern), from Gaulish īsarno-, from Proto-Celtic *īsarno- (compare Welsh haearn, Irish iarann), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ésh₂r̥ (“blood”) (compare Hittite (ešḫar), Tocharian A ysār, Latvian asinis, Ancient Greek ἔαρ (ear), Old Armenian արիւն (ariwn), Sanskrit असृज् (asṛj)). The sense development runs from 'blood' to 'blood red' to 'ruddy metal'.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English iren from Old English īren eis- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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