/ˈaɪən / (say 'uyuhn)

1. Chemistry a ductile, malleable, silver-white metallic element, scarcely known in a pure condition, but abundantly used in its crude or impure forms containing carbon (see pig iron, cast iron, steel, and wrought iron)for making tools, implements, machinery, etc. Symbol: Fe; relative atomic mass: 55.847; atomic number: 26; density: 7.86 at 20°C.
2. something hard, strong, rigid, unyielding, or the like: hearts of iron.
3. an instrument, utensil, weapon, etc., made of iron.
4. an appliance with a metal flat base, usually electrically heated and with the facility for the discharge of steam, used for smoothing or pressing clothes.
5. any golf club with a metal head, the face of which is sloped to achieve particular effects of drive or loft in a stroke: a driving iron.
6. a branding iron.
7. British Colloquial a pistol.
8. harpoon.
9. (plural)
a. an iron shackle or fetter: body irons; leg irons.
b. iron supports to correct leg malformations, etc.
10. stirrup (def. 1).
11. made of iron.
12. made of corrugated iron: iron roofs.
13. resembling iron in colour, firmness, etc.: iron grey; an iron will.
14. stern, harsh, or cruel.
15. not to be broken.
16. capable of great endurance; extremely robust or hardy.
17. firmly binding or clasping.
verb (t)
18. to smooth or press with a heated iron, as clothes, etc.
19. to furnish, mount, or arm with iron.
20. to shackle or fetter with irons.
verb (i)
21. to press clothes, etc., with a heated iron.
22. good iron, Colloquial (an exclamation of approval, agreement, etc.)
23. in irons,
a. Nautical lying head to the wind and having no headway, unable to fall off on either tack.
b. imprisoned in iron chains.
24. iron out,
a. to press (a garment, etc.)
b. to smooth and remove (problems and difficulties, etc.).
c. to flatten; knock down: he threatened to iron him out.
25. iron oneself out, to get drunk.
26. irons in the fire, separate interests, projects, etc.: I have many irons in the fire. {Phrase Origin: ? from the work of a blacksmith in which it was an efficient practice to heat several pieces or iron in the fire so they were ready when needed. Too many irons in the fire would result in some of them cooling before they could be given further attention.}
27. strike while the iron is hot, to take immediate action while the opportunity is still available. {Phrase Origin: from the work of a blacksmith who must work swiftly and while the iron is hot so that it can be shaped as needed}
{Middle English iren, ysen, Old English iren, īsen, īsern}
ironless, adjective
iron-like, adjective
ironer, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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