from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Bound with iron.
  • adj. Rigid and unyielding: an ironbound moral code.
  • adj. Bound with rocks and cliffs: ironbound coasts.

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  • adj. Bound as if with iron; rugged.
  • adj. rigid; unyielding

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bound as with iron; rugged.
  • adj. Rigid; unyielding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bound with iron.
  • Faced or surrounded with rocks; rock-bound; rugged: as, an iron-bound coast.
  • Hard and fast; rigorous; inflexible as iron.


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iron +‎ bound


  • We go swiftly up the path, still glistening with frost, and across the wide stone terrace to the double ironbound doors.

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  • Several small, ironbound doors lead off the main part of the warehouse, most likely to secure rooms used for storage.

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  • From there, it is only a few yards to the concealed ironbound door hidden amid the fall of ivy.

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  • But such was not to be, for an ironbound, teenage streak of rebellion set in like a Siberian winter, and he refused to be influenced by any reasoning not his own.

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  • A particularly large, ironbound chest sat on the far side of the polished marble floor, its lid unlocked and flipped back to rest against the wall behind it.

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  • Beyond the barred partition was a small hall leading to an ironbound door to the rest of the jail.

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  • It had a little plot of earth between it and the street, all overgrown with pigweed and burdock, and the weathered, dark walls with their ponderous ironbound door had all the harsh, unforgiving attitude of the old Puritan fathers of the town, or so it seemed to me.

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  • With a hand on the windowsill, she steadied herself as the ironbound wheels bounced over the hard, rough ground of the town square until they reached the road, where the carnage settled down into this familiar jolting ride.

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  • Takahashi had a sense of a door closing, not an ordinary hotel door, but the sort of heavy ceremonial one you might find in a traditional Japanese house, securing the treasure room, ironbound, carved with a chrysanthemum, a complex lock near the base -- the sort of dense door that did not swing but rather slid on a track -- and he was trying to squeeze through it before it shut with a bang.


  • They have ironbound legal obligations to pay benefits to tens of millions of Americans, mostly small savers.

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