from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A construction worker who builds steel structures.
  • noun One who is employed in an ironworks.
  • noun One who makes iron articles.

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  • noun A person employed to manufacture and shape iron.
  • noun A construction worker who assembles the metal frame of buildings.

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  • noun a person who makes articles of iron


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  • He turned to me and waved toward the ironworker in the shop. "Go make clips to fit those purlins."
    Tara Westover, Educated (New York: Random House, 2018), p. 139

    Ironworker is a class of machines that can shear, notch, and punch holes in steel plate. The name is now used to refer to the whole class of machines (made by at least a dozen brands, such as Scotchman, Piranha, GEKA, Edwards, Pedinghaus, Precise Power etc.). If there ever was a brand name, it has now become a genericized trademark. Ironworkers generate force using mechanical advantage or hydraulic systems.
    Wikipedia, Ironworker (machine)

    April 23, 2019