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big iron

big iron in Technology

(Or "heavy metal [Cambridge]) Large, expensive, ultra-fast computers. Used generally of number crunching supercomputers such as Crays, but can include more conventional big commercial IBMish mainframes. The term implies approval, in contrast to "dinosaur".
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  • In vain Migwan flourished her big iron spoon and ordered them out.

  • In the cullud quarters, we cooked on a fireplace in big iron pots.

  • This free end passes down until it engages a big iron casting embedded in the concrete of the lock floor.

    The Panama Canal Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • A big iron kettle was hung over it by means of a chain and pole.

    Brooks's Readers, Third Year Stratton D. Brooks
  • Jerry was to unlock the big iron gates in the convent wall, where the coal-carts were in the habit of driving in.

    Jerry's Reward Evelyn Snead Barnett
  • It looked just like a big iron fishhook at the end of a pole.

    A Leisurely Tour in England James John Hissey
  • Down came the mizzen-mast of the Guerriere, cut through by a big iron shot.

  • The big iron doors were open, and she caught her first sight of the town.

    Lucia Rudini Martha Trent
  • As Philippe looked back, he saw the sister standing at the big iron gates, waving to him.

    Little Philippe of Belgium Madeline Brandeis
  • At the big iron gate a ranger with two loaded rifles was waiting for us.

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