[kast-ahy-ern, kahst-]

Origin of cast-iron

First recorded in 1655–65

cast iron

  1. 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

1655–65; cast (past participle of cast) + iron Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for cast-iron

cast iron

  1. iron containing so much carbon (1.7 to 4.5 per cent) that it cannot be wrought and must be cast into shape
adjective cast-iron
  1. made of cast iron
  2. rigid, strong, or unyieldinga cast-iron decision
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Word Origin and History for cast-iron

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.

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