ironclad

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i·ron·clad

 (ī′ərn-klăd′)
adj.
1. Sheathed with iron plates for protection.
2. Rigid; fixed: an ironclad rule.
n.
A 19th-century warship having sides armored with metal plates.

ironclad

adj
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.
n
(Historical Terms) a large wooden 19th-century warship with armoured plating

i•ron•clad

(adj. ˈaɪ ərnˈklæd; n. -ˌklæd)

adj.
1. covered or cased with iron plates, as a vessel; armor-plated.
2. very rigid or exacting; inflexible; unbreakable: an ironclad contract.
n.
3. a wooden warship of the 19th century having iron or steel armor plating.
[1850–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ironclad - a wooden warship of the 19th century that is plated with iron or steel armor
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
Adj.1.ironclad - sheathed in iron plates for protection
sheathed - enclosed in a protective covering; sometimes used in combination; "his sheathed sword"; "the cat's sheathed claws"; "a ship's bottom sheathed in copper"; "copper-sheathed"
2.ironclad - inflexibly entrenched and unchangeable; "brassbound traditions"; "brassbound party loyalists"; "an ironclad rule"
inflexible - incapable of change; "a man of inflexible purpose"

ironclad

adjective
Incapable of changing or being modified:
Translations

ironclad

[ˈaɪənklæd]
A. ADJacorazado (fig) [proof] → irrefutable, incontrovertible; [alibi] → incontrovertible, incuestionable
B. Nacorazado m
References in classic literature ?
When I had snaked five men out, things began to look serious to the ironclads, and they stopped and consulted together.
At the same time, far away in the southeast the masts and upperworks of three ironclads rose one after the other out of the sea, beneath clouds of black smoke.
There around us lay treasures enough to pay off a moderate national debt, or to build a fleet of ironclads, and yet we would have bartered them all gladly for the faintest chance of escape.