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 Words for ironsrigid, steely, steel, firm, immovable, unbending, heavy, adamant, thick, cast, pig, coke, chain, handcuffs, fetter, bond, cruel, dense, implacable
Examples from the Web for irons
Contemporary Examples of irons
But Irons actually faced competition from Tim Curry and Malcolm McDowell, who were both considered for the part.‘The Lion King’ Turns 20: Every Crazy, Weird Fact About the Disney Classic
June 24, 2014
What was important, Jordan told Irons, was to convey the man's cunning intelligence and steely resolve.The Borgias' Entertaining Excess
May 21, 2011
With Lasseter putting some irons in the Marvel fire, Iger expressed the hope that “sparks will fly.”Spidey's Billionaire
August 31, 2009
Historical Examples of irons
Unless you do as I bid you, I will keep you in irons for the rest of the voyage!Brave and Bold
The lieutenant now denounced us, and we prisoners were all put in irons.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Sixty-three skeletons were found here, many of them in irons.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
"Take my irons, if you will not be angry with me," said Perdix, and he handed him a pair of compasses.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
With a few blows from his hammer he knocked the irons from my feet.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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
Word Origin for iron
Old English isærn (with Middle English rhotacism of -s-) "the metal iron; an iron weapon," from Proto-Germanic *isarnan (cf. Old Saxon isarn, Old Norse isarn, Middle Dutch iser, Old High German isarn, German Eisen) "holy metal" or "strong metal" (in contrast to softer bronze) probably an early borrowing of Celt. *isarnon (cf. Old Irish iarn, Welsh haiarn), from PIE *is-(e)ro- "powerful, holy," from PIE *eis "strong" (cf. Sanskrit isirah "vigorous, strong," Greek ieros "strong").
Right so as whil that Iren is hoot men sholden smyte. [Chaucer, c.1386]
Chemical symbol Fe is from the Latin word for the metal, ferrum (see ferro-). Meaning "metal device used to press or smooth clothes" is from 1610s. The adjective is Old English iren, isern. To have (too) many irons in the fire "to be doing too much at once" is from 1540s. Iron lung "artificial respiration tank" is from 1932.
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