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Definition of iron:

  1. An instrument or utensil made of iron; - chiefly in composition; as, a flatiron, a smoothing iron, etc.
  2. An iron- headed club with a deep face, chiefly used in making approaches, lifting a ball over hazards, etc.
  3. Fetters; chains; handcuffs; manacles.
  4. Firm; robust; enduring; as, an iron constitution.
  5. Inflexible; unrelenting; as, an iron will.
  6. Like iron in hardness, strength, impenetrability, power of endurance, insensibility, etc.;
  7. Not to be broken; holding or binding fast; tenacious.
  8. Of, or made of iron; consisting of iron; as, an iron bar, dust.
  9. Resembling iron in color; as, iron blackness.
  10. Rude; hard; harsh; severe.
  11. Strength; power; firmness; inflexibility; as, to rule with a rod of iron.
  12. 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.
  13. To furnish or arm with iron; as, to iron a wagon.
  14. To shackle with irons; to fetter or handcuff.
  15. To smooth with an instrument of iron; especially, to smooth, as cloth, with a heated flatiron; - sometimes used with out.


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