Definitions of iron

  1. 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
  2. implement used to brand live stock
  3. extremely robust; " an iron constitution"
  4. metal shackles; for hands or legs
  5. press and smooth with a heated iron; " press your shirts"
  6. home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth
  7. a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head
  8. 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 weight 55. 9. Specific gravity, pure iron, 7. 86; cast iron, 7. 1. In magnetic properties, it is superior to all other substances.
  9. Fetters; chains; handcuffs; manacles.
  10. Strength; power; firmness; inflexibility; as, to rule with a rod of iron.
  11. Of, or made of iron; consisting of iron; as, an iron bar, dust.
  12. Resembling iron in color; as, iron blackness.
  13. Like iron in hardness, strength, impenetrability, power of endurance, insensibility, etc.;
  14. Rude; hard; harsh; severe.
  15. Firm; robust; enduring; as, an iron constitution.
  16. Inflexible; unrelenting; as, an iron will.
  17. Not to be broken; holding or binding fast; tenacious.
  18. To shackle with irons; to fetter or handcuff.
  19. To furnish or arm with iron; as, to iron a wagon.
  20. An iron- headed club with a deep face, chiefly used in making approaches, lifting a ball over hazards, etc.
  21. An instrument or utensil made of iron; - chiefly in composition; as, a flatiron, a smoothing iron, etc.
  22. To smooth with an instrument of iron; especially, to smooth, as cloth, with a heated flatiron; - sometimes used with out.
  23. A metallic element found in certain minerals, in nearly all soils, and in mineral waters. It has the atomic symbol Fe, atomic number 26, and atomic weight 55. 85. It is an essential constituent of hemoglobin, cytochrome, and other components of respiratory enzyme systems. Its chief functions are in the transport of oxygen to tissue ( hemoglobin) and in cellular oxidation mechanisms. Depletion of iron stores may result in iron- deficiency anemia. Iron is used to build up the blood in anemia. ( From Dorland, 27th ed)
  24. A metallic element; the most common and useful of the metals; an instrument made of iron, especially one to smooth clothes by heat; anything especially hard; in golf, a club made of iron.
  25. Pertaining to, resembling, or made of, iron.
  26. To smooth with an iron; furnish with iron; chain.
  27. Ferrum, a metallic element, symbol Fe, atomic weight, 55. 85. It occurs in the chlorophyl of plants and in the hemoglobin of the red blood- corpuscles of animals, is stored in the tissues in the form of ferratin, a loose organic compound, and is excreted in the bile. A great many iron salts are employed in medicine, chiefly in the treatment of anemia and conditions associated with it; see ferrum.
  28. Metal from which tonic preparations are made, as Blaud's Pills, etc.
  29. To fetter.
  30. The most common and useful of the metals: an instrument or utensil made of iron: strength:- pl. fetters: chains.
  31. Formed of iron: resembling iron: rude: stern: fast- binding: not to be broken: robust: dull of understanding.
  32. To smooth with an iron instrument: to arm with iron: to fetter.
  33. Made of iron; hard like iron.
  34. The most common and useful of the metals; an instrument made of iron; fetter.
  35. To smooth with an iron; fetter with irons.
  36. To smooth with an iron.
  37. To fit with iron.
  38. Made of or like iron; hard; rude; unyielding; heavy.
  39. A hard, tough, malleable metal.
  40. Something made of iron, as a tool or implement; in the plural, fetters.
  41. Made or consisting of iron; resembling iron; harsh; rude; severe; binding fast; not to be broken; hard of understanding; dull; firm; rebust.
  42. Chains.
  43. The most common and useful of all the metals; an instrument or utensil of iron.
  44. To smooth with an instrument of iron; to shackle with irons; to furnish or arm with iron. Iron age, the last of the four ages, being that of enforced toil; the last of the three prehistoric ages. Iron- works, the works or establishment where pig- iron is wrought into bars, & c.
  45. A well- known metal, and, economically speaking, the most important; an instr. made of it.
  46. Chains; fetters; shackles; tools for heating at a fire; the poker, tongs, and shovel for a grate, as fire- irons.
  47. Formed of iron; resembling iron in hardness, strength, & c.; harsh; stern; severe; fast- binding; impenetrable; strong; robust, as an iron constitution.
  48. To smooth with a heated instr. made of iron to chain; to fetter.

Quotes of iron

  1. The brave man, indeed, calls himself lord of the land, through his iron through his blood. – Ernst Moritz Arndt
  2. Mail armor continued in general use till about the year 1300, when it was gradually supplanted by plate armor, or suits consisting of pieces or plates of solid iron adapted to the different parts of the body. – Thomas Bulfinch
  3. Of what use were wings to a man fast bound in chains of iron – Adelbert von Chamisso
  4. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. – Winston Churchill
  5. Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking. – Oliver Cromwell
  6. Heat can also be produced by the impact of imperfectly elastic bodies as well as by friction. This is the case, for instance, when we produce fire by striking flint against steel, or when an iron bar is worked for some time by powerful blows of the hammer. – Hermann von Helmholtz
  7. No performer should attempt to bite off red -hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth. – Harry Houdini
  8. A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron – Horace Mann
  9. The sword- the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron – John Lothrop Motley
  10. I realized what Led Zeppelin was about around the end of our first U. S. tour. We started off not even on the bill in Denver, and by the time we got to New York we were second to Iron Butterfly, and they didn't want to go on! – Robert Plant
  11. When I say artist I mean the man who is building things- creating molding the earth- whether it be the plains of the west- or the iron ore of Penn. It's all a big game of construction- some with a brush- some with a shovel- some choose a pen. – Jackson Pollock
  12. But scientists on both sides of the iron curtain played a very significant role in maintaining the momentum of the nuclear arms race throughout the four decades of the Cold War. – Joseph Rotblat
  13. Iron hand in a velvet glove. – King Charles V
  14. Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci
  15. In no direction that we turn do we find ease or comfort. If we are honest and if we have the will to win we find only danger, hard work and iron resolution. – Wendell L. Wilkie

Usage examples for iron

  1. In this state be found the favorite of fortune;- his iron frame had stood proof against it all! – The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny by Frederich Schiller
  2. Better far than an iron cross for every man in the company! – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  3. At first there was little excuse for their existence except to sell to farmers salt, fish, iron and a few plows. – A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1. by Carlton J. H. Hayes
  4. It will always continue to be iron – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  5. The people about here call him the man with the iron mouth. – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
  6. Ah, none, but in this iron age, would do it! – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  7. Its point struck a piece of iron – The Birthright by Joseph Hocking
  8. Accordingly, there is no more a fair rate of wages than there is a fair price of cotton or iron – Political economy by W. Stanley Jevons
  9. Take an iron there's a good girl. – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
  10. Five miles farther was Demir- Kapu, the Gate of Iron and between these two towns is a high and narrow pass famous for its wild and magnificent beauty. – With the French in France and Salonika by Richard Harding Davis
  11. One of them broke his sword in two and threw the pieces at Ney's feet, saying, " It is easier for a man of honour to break iron than to break his word." – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  12. I was made of iron and blood.... – Pélléas and Mélisande by Maurice Maeterlinck
  13. Well, I'll let yo' take dis big iron kettle into de library. – A Little Florida Lady by Dorothy C. Paine
  14. His voice was iron hard. – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  15. Much, in fact everything, of your success in taking fish in Iron Creek depends on the time of your visit. – Fly Fishing in Wonderland by Klahowya
  16. Even iron the triumph, as we had supposed, of more modern times, they had already discovered. – The Antediluvian World by Ignatius Donnelly
  17. What's become of your man he knocked on the head with his leg- iron – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  18. Vendale opened the iron chamber. – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  19. The old Prince took a key from his pocket and himself opened the great iron gate. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  20. The arms around his neck seemed to grip like iron – Sinister Paradise by Robert Moore Williams

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