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Definition of the noun iron curtain

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noun

  1. an impenetrable barrier to communication or information especially as imposed by rigid censorship and secrecy; used by Winston Churchill in 1946 to describe the demarcation between democratic and communist countries
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic term: ideological barrier = a barrier to cooperation or interaction resulting from conflicting ideologies

Alternative definition of the noun iron curtain

noun

  1. A barrier made of iron in the theatre, lowered between the stage and the auditorium for safety or to prevent communication.
  2. [idiomatic] Any impenetrable barrier.

Film

"Iron Curtain" a.k.a. "The Iron Curtain" is a 1948 black-and-white thriller film starring Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney, directed by William Wellman. The film was based on the memoirs of Igor Gouzenko. Principal photography was done on location in Ottawa, Canada by Charles G. Clarke. The film was later re-released as Behind the Iron Curtain.

Music

"Iron Curtain" a.k.a. "Behind the Iron Curtain" is a musical album of SBB.

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Miscellanea

  1. The Iron Curtain symbolized the ideological conflict and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991. The term symbolized efforts by the Soviet Union to block itself and its satellite states from open contact with the west and non-Soviet-controlled areas. On the east side of the Iron Curtain were the countries that were connected to or influenced by the Soviet Union.
    • also known as 铁幕
  2. Iron Curtain is an active protection system designed by Artis, LLC, an American technology development and manufacturing firm located in Herndon, Virginia. The system is designed to protect military vehicles and other assets by intercepting threats such as rocket-propelled grenades and rendering them inert.
  3. The Iron Curtain was the defensive line of Rangers F.C. during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The normal line-up in the early 1950s consisted of goalkeeper Bobby Brown, full backs George Young and Jock Shaw, centre half Willie Woodburn and wing halves Ian McColl and Sammy Cox. These positions refer to the old 3-2-5 formation, where the three defenders would mark the two opposing wingers and centre forward, while the wing-halves dealt with the opposing inside forwards. These direct match-ups meant that Rangers' Iron Curtain had several great confrontations with Hibs' Famous Five forward line of Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond.

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Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (2005)

by Judith Siefring

an iron curtain an impenetrable barrier, especially the Iron Curtain, the physical and other barriers preventing the passage of people and information between the Soviet bloc and the West during the cold war. In the late 18th century, an iron ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Cold War (2017)

by Joseph Smith, Simon Davis

IRON CURTAIN. Popular term used to describe the Soviet policy of cutting off Eastern Europe from contact with the West. The term had been used by German officials during World War II but did not attract global attention until it was voiced by ...

Google previewSafire's Political Dictionary (2008)

by William Safire

The “iron curtain speech” of Churchill marked the end of a peaceful honeymoon with Soviet Russia that had existed in the minds of many Americans after World War II. It became the symbol of Soviet oppression, and the rallying cry for the ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2010)

by John Ayto

an iron curtain an impenetrable barrier, especially the Iron Curtain, the physical and ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Architecture, Historical, Theoretical, & Practical (1891)

by Joseph Gwilt

The proposed iron curtain or door to this opening, as at the Prince of Wales's Theatre, has been taken exception to, on the grounds that it is cumbersome, costly, absorbs heat rapidly, and is slow in working. A single plated curtain may be liable ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Politics (2004)

by David Robertson

Iron Curtain religious complexities of Islam made a clash between the two states inevitable. The Iranian revolution which put the Ayatollah Khomeini in power in Iran was a Shi'ite fundamentalist movement, while the Iraqi regime was domi- ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Politics (2015)

by David Professor Robertson

Iron Curtain religious complexities of Islam made a clash between the two states inevitable. The Iranian revolution which put the Ayatollah Khomeini in power in Iran was a Shi'ite fundamentalist movement, while the ...

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From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard. (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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