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1. Symbol Fe A silvery-white, lustrous, malleable, ductile, magnetic or magnetizable, metallic element occurring abundantly in combined forms, notably in hematite, limonite, magnetite, and taconite, and used alloyed in a wide range of important structural materials. Atomic number 26; atomic weight 55.845; melting point 1,538°C; boiling point 2,861°C; specific gravity 7.874 (at 20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 6. See Periodic Table.
2. An implement made of iron alloy or similar metal, especially a bar heated for use in branding, curling hair, or cauterizing.
3. Great hardness or strength; firmness: a will of iron.
4. Sports Any of a series of golf clubs having a bladelike metal head and numbered from one to nine in order of increasing loft.
5. A metal appliance with a handle and a weighted flat bottom, used when heated to press wrinkles from fabric.
6. A harpoon.
7. irons Fetters; shackles.
8. A tonic, pill, or other medication containing iron and taken as a dietary supplement.
1. Made of or containing iron: iron bars; an iron alloy.
2. Strong, healthy, and capable of great endurance: an iron constitution.
3. Inflexible; unyielding: iron resolve.
4. Holding tightly; very firm: has an iron grip.
v. i·roned, i·ron·ing, i·rons
a. To press and smooth with a heated iron: iron clothes.
b. To remove (creases) by pressing.
2. To put into irons; fetter.
3. To fit or clad with iron.
To iron clothes.
Phrasal Verb:
iron out
To settle through discussion or compromise; work out.
in irons Nautical
Lying head to the wind without steerageway and thus unable to turn either way.
iron in the fire
An undertaking or project in progress: has many irons in the fire this year.

[Middle English iren, from Old English īren; see eis- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ironed - (of linens or clothes) smoothed with a hot iron
smooth - having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities; "smooth skin"; "a smooth tabletop"; "smooth fabric"; "a smooth road"; "water as smooth as a mirror"
unironed, wrinkled - (of linens or clothes) not ironed; "a pile of unironed laundry"; "wore unironed jeans"
References in classic literature ?
Hannah washed and ironed them for me, and I marked them all myself," said Beth, looking proudly at the somewhat uneven letters which had cost her such labor.
Well, well, I'll be washed and ironed and starched.
On summer afternoons he used to sit for hours on the sidewalk in front of his laundry, his newspaper lying on his knee, watching his girls through the big open window while they ironed and talked in Danish.
Carefully she rubbed and ironed every fold and every hem, with the most scrupulous exactness, every now and then raising her hand to her face to wipe off the tears that were coursing down her cheeks.