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

  • adj. Made of cast iron.
  • adj. Rigid; inflexible: a cast-iron rule.
  • adj. Exceptionally strong or resistant: a cast-iron stomach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative spelling of cast iron.
  • n. Alternative spelling of cast iron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of cast iron. Hence, Fig.: like cast iron; hardy; unyielding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Iron which has been cast, that is, melted and run into a mold in which it assumes the desired form.
  • Made of cast-iron: as, a cast-iron pot.
  • Having the qualities of or resembling cast-iron; hence, inflexible; unyielding: as, a cast-iron rule.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely robust


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  • The sauce was just a can of tomato paste mixed with water and sautéed garlic, all simmered in a big cast-iron pan.

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  • It was a virtuoso performance; he knew his little kitchen so well that he moved around it with the economy and grace of a dancer, sliding a drawer shut with his left hip while opening the refrigerator with his right hand, then swirling sizzling butter in a cast-iron pan with an expert flick of his wrist.

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  • It looked raw—walls and floors of big planks whitewashed clean, the railwood furniture, knots and grains left intact, the row of butter churns, the cast-iron range, big enough to feed the boys and all of their friends, and hers.


  • The Garden District had become a semi ghost town, a beautiful lost place where once-manicured gardens surged over their cast-iron fences and spread across the community in a tangle of vines and weeds.

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  • They were the oldest apartments in the United States, with long, cast-iron balconies, red brick, and ground-floor stores.

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  • I, agree – adult clothes and shoes do not sell, but weird things, like a cast-iron skillet that was not properly seasoned (and we told the man) did!

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  • There we have it: that cast-iron, irreproachable, UK government-guaranteed £10 billion figure is merely you guessed it an estimate from the media industries themselves.

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  • A black, cast-iron banner heralded ABERNATHY across the top.

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  • The site, between Church Street and Broadway, stretching through to Reade Street, is in the Tribeca South Historic District, known for its mid-19th- and early 20th-century industrial buildings and cast-iron storefronts.

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  • A molcajete is an extremely durable piece of cookware, so durable, in fact, that in Mexico people pass down their well-loved molcajetes to the next generation, just as Southerners pass down cast-iron cookware to their children and grandchildren.

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