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ironclad

[adjective ahy-ern-klad; noun ahy-ern-klad] /adjective ˈaɪ ərnˈklæd; noun ˈaɪ ərnˌklæd/
adjective
1.
covered or cased with iron plates, as a ship for naval warfare; armor-plated.
2.
very rigid or exacting; inflexible; unbreakable:
an ironclad contract.
noun
3.
a wooden warship of the middle or late 19th century having iron or steel armor plating.
Origin of ironclad
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; iron + clad1
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  • First of all I'd have to tie Josephine Francis down with an ironclad contract.

  • You might go so far as t' give that bellerin' ironclad a toot.'

    Harbor Tales Down North

    Norman Duncan
  • The ironclad seemed to rebound and tremble for a moment, and then passed on.

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
  • The vessel described was the Miantonoma, an American ironclad turret-ship.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • A monster Russian ironclad, it was said, lay somewhere “outside.”

    In the Track of the Troops R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for ironclad

ironclad

adjective (ˌaɪənˈklæd)
1.
covered or protected with iron: an ironclad warship
2.
inflexible; rigid: an ironclad rule
3.
not able to be assailed or contradicted: an ironclad argument
noun (ˈaɪənˌklæd)
4.
a large wooden 19th-century warship with armoured plating
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Word Origin and History for ironclad
adj.

1852, of warships, American English, from iron (n.) + clad. Of contracts, etc., 1884. As a noun meaning "iron-clad ship," it is attested from 1862.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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