Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Noting iron or steel when it is of such a character that it is brittle at a red heat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Metal.) Hot-short; brittle when red-hot; -- said of certain kinds of iron.

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  • adjective hot-short; brittle when red-hot; said of certain kinds of iron

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Examples

  • Supergirl would become Superboy, in red-short shorts, and blue gloves, a cape-collar contraption, boots and nothing else.

    On GenderSwitching

  • In practice, blooms made by this process have been so red-short that they could not be hammered at all.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884.

  • The size of the pieces of the material employed prevents the intimate mixture of the particles of iron with the particles of carbon, and hence we would, on theoretical grounds, anticipate just what practice has proved, viz., that the reduction is incomplete, and the resulting metal being charged with oxides is red-short.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884.

  • On the other hand, the method of further desulphurization outside the blast furnace, described in this paper, presents the double advantage that part of the blast furnace can be kept cooler, and thus lime and coke be saved, and that there is a certainty that no red-short charges are obtained in the treatment in the converter, while the pig iron passes to the converter at a suitable temperature.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891

  • It makes steel tender and brittle at that temperature -- a condition known to the workmen as "red-short."

    The Working of Steel Annealing, Heat Treating and Hardening of Carbon and Alloy Steel

  • I told them, consistent with the notion I had adopted in common with all others I had conversed with, that I thought it impossible, because the vegetable salts in the charcoal being an alkali acted as an absorbent to the sulphur of the iron, which occasions the red-short quality of the iron, and pit coal abounding with sulphur would increase it.

    Industrial Biography

  • I told them, consistent with the notion I had adopted in common with all others I had conversed with, that I thought it impossible, because the vegetable salts in the charcoal being an alkali acted as an absorbent to the sulphur of the iron, which occasions the red-short quality of the iron, and pit coal abounding with sulphur would increase it.

    Industrial Biography, Iron Workers and Tool Makers

  • The ore is stated to have been ''a bed about four feet thick, of very good quality in the bloom - ary forge, very easily melted and making very excellent tough substantial iron; but not always perfect, probably red-short, for wagon tires were sometimes ruined while making/' The good ore is a beautiful compact brown hematite that looks very pure; but the rock left unmined just below the ore bed is a pudding rock of white cry stall ne rounded quartz pebbles smaller than peas, united by a brown hematite cement, making also an iron ore but of inferior quality.

    Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

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