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.
Words nearby iron
Idioms for iron
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM ironi·ron·less, adjectivei·ron·like, adjectiveun·i·roned, adjectivewell-i·roned, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for strike while the iron is hot
- 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 forms of ironironer, nounironless, adjectiveironlike, adjective
Word Origin for iron
Medicine definitions for strike while the iron is hot
Science definitions for strike while the iron is hot
Culture definitions for strike while the iron is hot
Take advantage of favorable circumstances while they last. The image is from a blacksmith's shop; the smith can shape iron only by striking it with his hammer when it is red hot.
Idioms and Phrases with strike while the iron is hot (1 of 2)
Take advantage of favorable conditions, as in They just made a huge profit, so let's strike while the iron is hot and ask for some money. This adage alludes to the blacksmith's forge. [Late 1300s] Also see make hay while the sun shines.
Idioms and Phrases with strike while the iron is hot (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