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.

Definitions of iron
  1. noun
    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
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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.
  2. adjective
    extremely robust
    “an iron constitution”
    synonyms: cast-iron
    sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
  3. noun
    home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth
    synonyms: smoothing iron
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    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
  4. noun
    implement used to brand live stock
    synonyms: branding iron
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    type of:
    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
  5. verb
    press and smooth with a heated iron
    “she stood there ironing
    synonyms: iron out, press
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    press with a mangle
    type of:
    place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure
  6. noun
    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
    (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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