- made of cast iron.
- not subject to change or exception: a cast-iron rule.
- hardy: a cast-iron stomach.
Origin of cast-iron
- an alloy of iron, carbon, and other elements, cast as a soft and strong, or as a hard and brittle, iron, depending on the mixture and methods of molding.
Origin of cast iron
Examples from the Web for cast-iron
Over medium heat, warm up a cast-iron griddle or large skillet; a non-stick griddle or pan will do as well.Sap Suckers Unite: Recipes for Maple Cookies, Flapjacks, and Cocktails
David Lincoln Ross
May 3, 2011
Melt the butter in a cast-iron skillet or heavy nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat.Dinner Under the Midnight Sun
June 26, 2010
For openin' one of them cast-iron pies same as you made for us last week.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Don't waste no time on that cast-iron mug of his," says Gorilla.Shorty McCabe
Of all the cast-iron, nickle-plated nerve, commend me to the Sans.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
His mouth was like cast-iron, so I soon gave up pulling at it.
At the beginning of the 1400's cast-iron balls had made an appearance.Artillery Through the Ages
- iron containing so much carbon (1.7 to 4.5 per cent) that it cannot be wrought and must be cast into shape
- made of cast iron
- rigid, strong, or unyieldinga cast-iron decision
Word Origin and History for cast-iron
1660s, from cast (past participle adjective) "made by melting and being left to harden in a mold" (1530s), from past participle of cast (v.) in sense "to throw something in a particular way" (c.1300), especially "form metal into a shape by pouring it molten" (1510s). From 1690s as an adjective, cast-iron.