iron

Iron can refer to a common metal. It can also be that thing you use to get wrinkles out of your clothing. If you’re planning to wear linen, you might need an iron to smooth it out.

When you use an iron to iron your clothes, you’re also using both the noun and verb form of iron. The noun describes the appliance and the verb describes the action of using it. Iron can also refer to a golf club, like that 5-iron you always use. If you’ve ever been a cattle rancher, you might also be familiar with a branding iron, a tool used to brand skin with a mark of ownership.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: iron

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nadj
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
extremely robust
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nv
home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth
press and smooth with a heated iron
3
n
a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: iron
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n 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

Synonyms:
Fe, atomic number 26
Types:
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alpha iron
a magnetic allotrope of iron; stable below 906 degrees centigrade
beta iron
an allotrope of iron that is the same as alpha iron except that it is nonmagnetic; stable between 768 and 906 degrees centigrade
gamma iron
a nonmagnetic allotrope of iron that is the basis of austenite; stable between 906 and 1403 degrees centigrade
delta iron
an allotrope of iron that is stable between 1403 degrees centigrade and the melting point (= 1532 degrees)
ingot iron
iron of high purity
cast iron
an alloy of iron containing so much carbon that it is brittle and so cannot be wrought but must be shaped by casting
wrought iron
iron having a low carbon content that is tough and malleable and so can be forged and welded
galvanized iron
iron that is coated with zinc to protect it from rust
pig iron
crude iron tapped from a blast furnace
scrap iron
iron to be melted again and reworked
structural iron
iron that has been cast or worked in structural shapes
alloy cast iron, alloy iron
cast iron containing alloying elements (usually nickel or chromium or copper or molybdenum) to increase the strength or facilitate heat treatment
basic iron
pig iron containing a high percentage of phosphorus; used in making steel by a process that removes the phosphorus
pot metal
cast iron used for making cooking wares
cinder pig
pig iron containing a substantial proportion of slag
mine pig
pig iron made entirely from ore
spiegel, spiegel iron, spiegeleisen
pig iron containing manganese; used as a deoxidizing agent and to raise the manganese content in making steel
Swedish iron
wrought iron of high purity made in Sweden
Type of:
metal, metallic element
any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.

adj extremely robust

“an iron constitution”
Synonyms:
cast-iron
robust
sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
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n home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth

Synonyms:
smoothing iron
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flatiron
an iron that was heated by placing it on a stove
gauffer, gauffering iron, goffer, goffering iron
an iron used to press pleats and ridges
steam iron
a pressing iron that can emit steam
travel iron
a small lightweight iron that can be carried while traveling
Type of:
home appliance, household appliance
an appliance that does a particular job in the home

n implement used to brand live stock

Synonyms:
branding iron
Type of:
implement
instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

v press and smooth with a heated iron

“she stood there ironing
Synonyms:
iron out, press
Types:
mangle
press with a mangle
Type of:
press
place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure
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n a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head

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driving iron, one iron
(golf) the long iron with the most nearly vertical face
long iron
an iron with a long shaft and a steep face; for hitting long low shots
five iron, mashie
middle-distance iron
mashie niblick, seven iron
iron with a lofted face for hitting high shots to the green
midiron, two iron
long iron with a nearly vertical face
niblick, nine iron
an iron with considerable loft
putter, putting iron
the iron normally used on the putting green
short iron
an iron with a short shaft and pitched face; for hitting short high shots
wedge
(golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
pitching wedge
a wedge used to loft the golf ball over obstacles
sand wedge
a wedge used to get out of sand traps
Type of:
club, golf club, golf-club
golf equipment used by a golfer to hit a golf ball
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