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. press and smooth with a heated iron; " press your shirts"
  5. home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth
  6. a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head
  7. 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.
  8. Fetters; chains; handcuffs; manacles.
  9. Strength; power; firmness; inflexibility; as, to rule with a rod of iron.
  10. Of, or made of iron; consisting of iron; as, an iron bar, dust.
  11. Resembling iron in color; as, iron blackness.
  12. Like iron in hardness, strength, impenetrability, power of endurance, insensibility, etc.;
  13. Rude; hard; harsh; severe.
  14. Firm; robust; enduring; as, an iron constitution.
  15. Inflexible; unrelenting; as, an iron will.
  16. Not to be broken; holding or binding fast; tenacious.
  17. To shackle with irons; to fetter or handcuff.
  18. To furnish or arm with iron; as, to iron a wagon.
  19. An iron- headed club with a deep face, chiefly used in making approaches, lifting a ball over hazards, etc.
  20. An instrument or utensil made of iron; - chiefly in composition; as, a flatiron, a smoothing iron, etc.
  21. To smooth with an instrument of iron; especially, to smooth, as cloth, with a heated flatiron; - sometimes used with out.
  22. 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)
  23. 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.
  24. Pertaining to, resembling, or made of, iron.
  25. To smooth with an iron; furnish with iron; chain.
  26. 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.
  27. Metal from which tonic preparations are made, as Blaud's Pills, etc.
  28. To fetter.
  29. The most common and useful of the metals: an instrument or utensil made of iron: strength:- pl. fetters: chains.
  30. Formed of iron: resembling iron: rude: stern: fast- binding: not to be broken: robust: dull of understanding.
  31. To smooth with an iron instrument: to arm with iron: to fetter.
  32. Made of iron; hard like iron.
  33. The most common and useful of the metals; an instrument made of iron; fetter.
  34. To smooth with an iron; fetter with irons.
  35. To smooth with an iron.
  36. To fit with iron.
  37. Made of or like iron; hard; rude; unyielding; heavy.
  38. A hard, tough, malleable metal.
  39. Something made of iron, as a tool or implement; in the plural, fetters.
  40. Made or consisting of iron; resembling iron; harsh; rude; severe; binding fast; not to be broken; hard of understanding; dull; firm; rebust.
  41. Chains.
  42. The most common and useful of all the metals; an instrument or utensil of iron.
  43. 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.
  44. A well- known metal, and, economically speaking, the most important; an instr. made of it.
  45. Chains; fetters; shackles; tools for heating at a fire; the poker, tongs, and shovel for a grate, as fire- irons.
  46. Formed of iron; resembling iron in hardness, strength, & c.; harsh; stern; severe; fast- binding; impenetrable; strong; robust, as an iron constitution.
  47. To smooth with a heated instr. made of iron to chain; to fetter.

Usage examples for iron

  1. Take an iron, there's a good girl. – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
  2. Even iron, the triumph, as we had supposed, of more modern times, they had already discovered. – The Antediluvian World by Ignatius Donnelly
  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. Ah, none, but in this iron age, would do it! – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  5. 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
  6. It will always continue to be iron. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  7. His voice was iron hard. – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  8. Well, I'll let yo' take dis big iron kettle into de library. – A Little Florida Lady by Dorothy C. Paine
  9. Its point struck a piece of iron. – The Birthright by Joseph Hocking
  10. The arms around his neck seemed to grip like iron. – Sinister Paradise by Robert Moore Williams
  11. Vendale opened the iron chamber. – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  12. The old Prince took a key from his pocket and himself opened the great iron gate. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  13. What's become of your man he knocked on the head with his leg- iron? – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Better far than an iron cross for every man in the company! – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  17. The people about here call him the man with the iron mouth. – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
  18. 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
  19. I was made of iron and blood.... – Pélléas and Mélisande by Maurice Maeterlinck