from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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 1,538°C; boiling point 2,861°C; specific gravity 7.874 (at 20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 6. cross-reference: Periodic Table.
- noun An implement made of iron alloy or similar metal, especially a bar heated for use in branding, curling hair, or cauterizing.
- noun Great hardness or strength; firmness.
- noun Sports Any of a series of golf clubs having a bladelike metal head and numbered from one to nine in order of increasing loft.
- noun A metal appliance with a handle and a weighted flat bottom, used when heated to press wrinkles from fabric.
- noun A harpoon.
- noun Fetters; shackles.
- noun A tonic, pill, or other medication containing iron and taken as a dietary supplement.
- adjective Made of or containing iron.
- adjective Strong, healthy, and capable of great endurance.
- adjective Inflexible; unyielding.
- adjective Holding tightly; very firm.
- intransitive verb To press and smooth with a heated iron.
- intransitive verb To remove (creases) by pressing.
- intransitive verb To put into irons; fetter.
- intransitive verb To fit or clad with iron.
- intransitive verb To iron clothes.
- idiom (in irons) Lying head to the wind and unable to turn either way.
- idiom (iron in the fire) An undertaking or project in progress.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Chemical symbol, Fe; atomic weight, 56. A metal, the most abundant and the most important of all those used in the metallic form.
- noun 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).
- noun Specifically— A knife, sword, or other cutting implement.
- noun plural Fetters or other chains fastened to the person of a prisoner: as, a mutineer is put in irons.
- noun 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).
- noun A brand-iron.
- noun 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
- To shackle with irons; fetter; handcuff.
- To furnish, mount, or arm with iron: as, to
- To smooth with an instrument of iron, especially with a hot flat-iron, smoothing-iron, or box-iron.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of, or made of iron; consisting of iron.
- adjective Resembling iron in color.
- adjective Like iron in hardness, strength, impenetrability, power of endurance, insensibility, etc.
- adjective Rude; hard; harsh; severe.
- adjective Firm; robust; enduring.
- adjective Inflexible; unrelenting.
- adjective Not to be broken; holding or binding fast; tenacious.
- adjective (Myth.), (Archæol.) That stage in the development of any people characterized by the use of iron implements in the place of the more cumbrous stone and bronze.
- adjective a cement for joints, composed of cast-iron borings or filings, sal ammoniac, etc.
- adjective (Min.) a yellowish clay containing a large proportion of an ore of iron.
- adjective a German, and before that Prussian, order of military merit; also, the decoration of the order.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
With the rise of knowledge of scientific chemistry, it was quickly found that the essential difference between iron and steel was that the latter was _iron plus carbon_.
The iron keeps all that it gets; we, and other animals, part with it again; but the metal absolutely keeps what it has once received of this aerial gift; and the ochreous dust which we so much despise is, in fact, just so much nobler than pure iron, in so far as it is _iron and the air.
Then I asked him if any piece of iron would attract, after it was rubbed upon the magnet; and he said that _iron_ would not, but that any piece of _steel_ would.
The crystals which we obtained from the combination of iron and sulphuric acid were therefore _sulphat of iron_?
This place is also noted for making what is absurdly called _copperas_, which is the chrystalized salt of iron, or what is called in the new chemical nomenclature _sulphate of iron_; or in common parlance, _green vitriol_; which is manufactured, and found native in our own country, in immeasurable quantity.
A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed. Late A Surgeon On Board An American Privateer, Who Was Captured At Sea By The British, In May, Eighteen Hundred And Thirteen, And Was Confined First, At Melville Island, Halifax, Then At Chatham, In England ... And Last, At Dartmoor Prison. Interspersed With Observations, Anecdotes And Remarks, Tending To Illustrate The Moral And Political Characters Of Three Nations. To Which Is Added, A Correct Engraving Of Dartmoor Prison, Representing The Massacre Of American Prisoners, Written By Himself.
(i.e. iron) _shirts of mail_, 334. græg-mæl, adj., _having a gray color_, here = _iron_: nom.sg. sweord
(i.e. iron) _shirts of mail_, 334. grǣg-mǣl, adj., _having a gray color_, here = _iron_: nom.sg. sweord
My choice of shootin iron is - A Savage 24 in .22 over .410.
My choice of shootin iron is - A Savage 24 in .22 over .410.
The first recorded use of the term iron curtain was derived from the safety curtain used in theatres and first applied to the border of communist Russia as "an impenetrable barrier" in 1920 by Ethel Snowden, in her book Through Bolshevik Russia
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