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Iron appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Noriega can idle, held in a cage, iron.
  • Nor I, fool, ah no? We won halo -- of iron.
  • Nor I nor Emma had level'd a hammer on iron.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb iron:


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Definition of the noun iron

What does iron mean as a name of something?

Iron is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: irons

  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
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonyms of iron: atomic number 26 / Fe
    • more generic terms: 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.
    • more specific terms:
      • alpha iron = a magnetic allotrope of iron
      • beta iron = an allotrope of iron that is the same as alpha iron except that it is nonmagnetic
      • gamma iron = a nonmagnetic allotrope of iron that is the basis of austenite
      • delta iron = an allotrope of iron that is stable between 1403 degrees centigrade and the melting point
      • 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
    • substance of: steel = an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; iron ore = an ore from which iron can be extracted
  2. a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head
  3. implement used to brand live stock
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of iron: branding iron
    • more generic word: implement = instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
  4. home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth

Alternative definition of the noun iron


  1. [uncountable] A metallic chemical element having atomic number 26, and symbol Fe.
  2. [countable] A tool or appliance made of metal, which is heated and then used to transfer heat to something else; most often a thick piece of metal fitted with a handle and having a flat, roughly triangular bottom, which is heated and used to press wrinkles from clothing, and now usually containing an electrical heating apparatus.
  3. [context: usually plural, 'irons'] shackles.
  4. [slang] A handgun.
  5. [uncountable] A dark shade of the colour/color silver.
  6. [Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from 'iron hoof', rhyming with 'poof'; countable, offensive] A male homosexual.
  7. [golf] A golf club used for middle-distance shots.

Specialised definition of the noun iron

Glossary of sports / golf

a club with a thin metal head (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a club with a metal head. The irons are numbered 1 through 9. As the number increases, the face of the club becomes larger and more lofted. The wedge is also an iron, which has the greatest loft of all

Definition of the adjective iron

What does iron mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more iron / ironer |

  1. extremely robust

Alternative definition of the adjective iron


  1. [not comparable] Made of the metal iron.
  2. [figuratively] Strong (as of will), inflexible.

Definition of the verb iron

What does iron mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: ironed | ironing | irons

  1. press and smooth with a heated iron
    • examples: she stood there ironing | They iron the cape
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product]Donna grilled me steaksVerbs of Creation and Transformation: barbeque, boil, broil, clean, fry, grill, microwave, poach, pour, roast, scramble, set, toast, wash, weld
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]Donna grilled steaks
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]Donna grilled steaks for me
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Carla was vacuumingVerbs of Removing: file, filter, hoover, plough, sandpaper, sponge, towel
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Source] [Adjective]Carla shoveled the walk clean
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique]Carla mopped under the furniture
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of iron: iron out / press
    • more generic word: press = place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure
    • more specific word: mangle = press with a mangle
    • entailment: heat / heat up = make hot or hotter

Alternative definition of the verb iron


  1. [transitive] To pass an iron over (clothing or some other item made of cloth) in order to remove creases.

Phrases with Iron

Phrases starting with the word Iron:

  1. Iron-54
  2. Iron-56
  3. Iron-57
  4. Iron-58
  5. iron age
  6. iron man
  7. iron oak
  8. iron ore
  9. iron out

Phrases ending with the word Iron:

  1. to iron
  2. Bad Iron
  3. bar iron
  4. Big Iron
  5. Bog iron
  6. dog-iron
  7. Gob Iron
  8. Mid-Iron
  9. one iron
  10. pig iron
  11. Sad-Iron

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Iron

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Google previewNew Language Lessons: an Elem. Grammar and Composition (1879)

by William Swinton

Iron is a metal. [Nominative.] Iron is a hard metal. [Sentences united.] 1. Iron is 6. The moon is 2. Sugar is 7. Diamonds are...

Google previewNew Language Lessons (1880)

An Elementary Grammar and Composition by William Swinton

Iron is a metal. [Nominative.] Iron is a hard metal. [Sentences united.] 1. Iron is 6. The moon is 2. Sugar is 7. Diamonds are...

Google previewDictionary of Food Ingredients (2013)

by Robert S. Igoe

Iron A mineral used in food fortification that is necessary for the prevention of anemia, which reduces the hemoglobin concentration and thus the amount of oxygen delivered to the tissues. Sources include ferric ammonium sulfate, chloride, ...

Google previewThe Sterling Dictionary Of Chemistry (1999)

by Anand Dhingra

IRON : Fe; A silvery, malleable and ductile transition metal of group VIII and 4th period of periodic table having atomic number 26 and relative atomic mass 55.847. It occurs widely in nature in combined state as haemetite (Fe2O3), magnetite ...

Google previewDictionary of Metals (2012)

by Harold M. Cobb

malleable cast iron manganese desired hardness. The chemical composi- tion of malleable iron generally conforms to the ranges given in Table 10. toughened by gradual heating or slow cooling. A less common name for wrought iron.

Google previewDictionary of plant sciences (including horticulture) (1989)

by L. L. Somani

Iron. An essential micro-nutrient for plant growth. It functions specially in the activation of several enzymes systems: fumaric hydrogenase, catalase, oxidase and cytochromes. Although it is- not a constituent of chlorophyll, its deficiency impairs ...

Google previewThe Standard Electrical Dictionary: A Popular Dictionary of Words and Terms Used in the Practice of Electrical Engineering (1898)

by Thomas O'Conor Sloane

ZincZinc Zinc Zinc Cadmium Cadmium Tin Copper TinTin Cadmium Cadmium LeadLead Antimony TinIron Iron Lead Silver Nickel CopperBismuth Antimony Bismuth Bismuth Iron Lead Antimony NickelCopper Bismuth Copper Silver Nickel ...

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Quotes about Iron

The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. How far had he walked? Nobody knows. Where did he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. Taller than a house the Iron Man stood at the top of the cliff, at the very brink, in the darkness. (Ted Hughes)
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Scrabble value of I1R1O1N1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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