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

  • n. A silvery-white, lustrous, malleable, ductile, magnetic or magnetizable, metallic element occurring abundantly in combined forms, notably in hematite, limonite, magnetite, and taconite, and used alloyed in a wide range of important structural materials. Atomic number 26; atomic weight 55.845; melting point 1,535°C; boiling point 2,750°C; specific gravity 7.874 (at 20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 6. See Table at element.
  • n. An implement made of iron alloy or similar metal, especially a bar heated for use in branding, curling hair, or cauterizing.
  • n. Great hardness or strength; firmness: a will of iron.
  • n. Sports Any of a series of golf clubs having a bladelike metal head and numbered from one to nine in order of increasing loft.
  • n. A metal appliance with a handle and a weighted flat bottom, used when heated to press wrinkles from fabric.
  • n. A harpoon.
  • n. Fetters; shackles.
  • n. A tonic, pill, or other medication containing iron and taken as a dietary supplement.
  • adj. Made of or containing iron: iron bars; an iron alloy.
  • adj. Strong, healthy, and capable of great endurance: an iron constitution.
  • adj. Inflexible; unyielding: iron resolve.
  • adj. Holding tightly; very firm: has an iron grip.
  • transitive v. To press and smooth with a heated iron: iron clothes.
  • transitive v. To remove (creases) by pressing.
  • transitive v. To put into irons; fetter.
  • transitive v. To fit or clad with iron.
  • intransitive v. To iron clothes.
  • iron out To settle through discussion or compromise; work out.
  • idiom in irons Nautical Lying head to the wind and unable to turn either way.
  • idiom iron in the fire An undertaking or project in progress: has many irons in the fire this year.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A common, inexpensive metal, often black in color, that rusts, is attracted by magnets, and is used in making steel.
  • n. A metallic chemical element having atomic number 26, and symbol Fe.
  • n. Any material, not a steel, predominantly made of elemental iron.
  • n. A tool or appliance made of metal, which is heated and then used to transfer heat to something else; most often a thick piece of metal fitted with a handle and having a flat, roughly triangular bottom, which is heated and used to press wrinkles from clothing, and now usually containing an electrical heating apparatus.
  • n. shackles.
  • n. A handgun.
  • n. A dark shade of the colour/color silver.
  • n. A male homosexual.
  • n. A golf club used for middle-distance shots.
  • adj. Made of the metal iron.
  • adj. Strong (as of will), inflexible.
  • v. To pass an iron over (clothing or some other item made of cloth) in order to remove creases.
  • v. To shackle with irons; to fetter or handcuff.
  • v. To furnish or arm with iron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, or made of iron; consisting of iron.
  • adj. Resembling iron in color.
  • adj. Like iron in hardness, strength, impenetrability, power of endurance, insensibility, etc.
  • adj. Rude; hard; harsh; severe.
  • adj. Firm; robust; enduring.
  • adj. Inflexible; unrelenting.
  • adj. Not to be broken; holding or binding fast; tenacious.
  • n. The most common and most useful metallic element, being of almost universal occurrence, usually in the form of an oxide (as hematite, magnetite, etc.), or a hydrous oxide (as limonite, turgite, etc.). It is reduced on an enormous scale in three principal forms; viz., cast iron, steel, and wrought iron. Iron usually appears dark brown, from oxidation or impurity, but when pure, or on a fresh surface, is a gray or white metal. It is easily oxidized (rusted) by moisture, and is attacked by many corrosive agents. Symbol Fe (Latin Ferrum). Atomic number 26, atomic weight 55.847. Specific gravity, pure iron, 7.86; cast iron, 7.1. In magnetic properties, it is superior to all other substances.
  • n. An instrument or utensil made of iron; -- chiefly in composition
  • n. Fetters; chains; handcuffs; manacles.
  • n. Strength; power; firmness; inflexibility.
  • n. An iron-headed club with a deep face, chiefly used in making approaches, lifting a ball over hazards, etc.
  • transitive v. To smooth with an instrument of iron; especially, to smooth, as cloth, with a heated flatiron; -- sometimes used with out.
  • transitive v. To shackle with irons; to fetter or handcuff.
  • transitive v. To furnish or arm with iron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Chemical symbol, Fe; atomic weight, 56. A metal, the most abundant and the most important of all those used in the metallic form.
  • n. A utensil or weapon made of iron: often in combination with a noun or an adjective expressive of its purpose or character : as, a flat-iron, gridiron, or shooting-iron (slang for pistol).
  • n. Specifically— A knife, sword, or other cutting implement.
  • n. plural Fetters or other chains fastened to the person of a prisoner: as, a mutineer is put in irons.
  • n. In whaling, a hand-harpoon; a toggle-iron, used in striking a whale. There are two forms, the first and second irons (which see, below).
  • n. A brand-iron.
  • n. To have, as a square-rigged vessel, the yards so braced that, some sails being full of wind and some aback, the vessel is temporarily unmanageable.
  • Made of iron; consisting of iron: as, an iron gate; an iron bar.
  • Resembling iron in some respect, either really or metaphorically.
  • Hence— Harsh; rude; severe.
  • Binding fast ; not to be broken.
  • Capable of great endurance; firm; robust: as, an iron constitution.
  • Not to be bent; inflexible.
  • In mining, same as gossan. [U.S.]
  • To shackle with irons; fetter; handcuff.
  • To furnish, mount, or arm with iron: as, to iron a wagon.
  • To smooth with an instrument of iron, especially with a hot flat-iron, smoothing-iron, or box-iron.
  • n.

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

  • n. a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head
  • adj. extremely robust
  • n. a heavy ductile magnetic metallic element; is silver-white in pure form but readily rusts; used in construction and tools and armament; plays a role in the transport of oxygen by the blood
  • n. implement used to brand live stock
  • n. home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth
  • v. press and smooth with a heated iron


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

Middle English iren, from Old English īren.



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  • "iron" in Hungarian means: pencil (especially the one used by carpenters)

    August 7, 2012

  • No iron tool of any kind was employed in the building of the Temple in order that quiet and reverence might prevail.

    (Source: Masonic dictionary)

    November 17, 2008

  • There's a conversaton on this list about the pronunciation of this word. Since that long-ago time, I found out that "i-ern" is a quite common pronunciation in the United States, while "i-ron" is more common in the U.K. (don't know where else, perhaps Australia?).

    Just thought I'd mention it. Don't have the book with me so I can't cite it here just yet, but I will if anyone's interested.

    October 10, 2008

  • Fe.

    December 16, 2007

  • A traditional unit of measure for the thickness of leather used in making shoes, especially soles. One iron is equal to 1/48 inch (0.5292 millimeter), so a sole that's 1/4-inch thick is described as "12 iron."

    November 6, 2007

  • Can be spelled with the Periodic Table of Elements symbols: IrON

    December 12, 2006