verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to iron or press (an item of clothing or the like).
- to remove (wrinkles) from by ironing.
- to resolve or clear up (difficulties, disagreements, etc.): The problem was ironed out months ago.
- Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) unable to maneuver because of the position of the sails with relation to the direction of the wind.
- Nautical. (of a towing vessel) unable to maneuver because of tension on the towing line.
- Also into irons. in shackles or fetters.
Origin of iron
Related formsi·ron·less, adjectivei·ron·like, adjectiveun·i·roned, adjectivewell-i·roned, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for iron out (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for iron out (2 of 2)
- a malleable ductile silvery-white ferromagnetic metallic element occurring principally in haematite and magnetite. It is widely used for structural and engineering purposes. Symbol: Fe; atomic no: 26; atomic wt: 55.847; valency: 2,3,4, or 6; relative density: 7.874; melting pt: 1538°C; boiling pt: 2862°CSee also steel, cast iron, wrought iron, pig iron Related adjectives: ferric, ferrous Related prefix: ferro-
- (as modifier)iron railings
Derived Formsironer, nounironless, adjectiveironlike, adjective
Word Origin for iron
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Idioms and Phrases with iron out (1 of 2)
Work out, resolve, settle. For example, They managed to iron out all the problems with the new production process, or John and Mary finally ironed out their differences. This expression uses ironing wrinkled fabric as a metaphor for smoothing differences. [Mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with iron out (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with iron
- iron hand
- iron out
- irons in the fire, too many
- pump iron
- strike while the iron's hot