Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


1. Bound with iron.
2. Rigid and unyielding: an ironbound moral code.
3. Bound with rocks and cliffs: ironbound coasts.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. bound with iron
2. unyielding; inflexible
3. (of a coast) rocky; rugged
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈaɪ ərnˈbaʊnd)

1. bound with iron.
2. rock-bound; rugged.
3. rigid; unyielding.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:


Having a surface that is not smooth:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
Thrice he smote that strong, ironbound box, and at the third blow it burst open and a great heap of gold came rolling forth, gleaming red in the light of the torches.
The building is located on a three-acre industrial site in the center of the Ironbound community in Newark, NJ.
92 Ferry' Street, A Wireless just opened a 3,170 s/f storefront in the Ironbound District, close to downtown Newark and in the midst of "restaurant row".
Hollister Construction, a company based in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, recently broke ground on the Newark Farmer's Market, a 160,000 s/f distribution center in the city's Ironbound District, which will be built entirely with SIPs.
Built in 1848 in the heart of the Ironbound District, a predominantly Portuguese neighborhood near Newark Penn Station, the school boasts an original Tiffany's stained glass skylight in its auditorium.
Built in the 1940s as housing for Prudential Insurance employees, the complex features 258 rental homes in Newark's popular Ironbound district.
The property is 17,500 s/f with 3,900 s/f of parking in the south ironbound neighborhood of Newark.
The property is located in the densely populated Ironbound section of Newark, where significant barriers to entry exist limiting future retail competition.
280 Wilson is an 81,326 s/f one-story industrial building with almost two acres of parking and multiple loading and drive in doors in the Ironbound section of the city.
Two Gateway is in the center of Newark's growing university community, NJPAC, Newark Bears Baseball Stadium, the new Prudential NJ Devils Arena and the Ironbound section's famous Portuguese and Spanish restaurants."
Edison Properties was bullish about developing the former warehouse on a speculative basis, given its location adjacent to Prudential Center and in close proximity to NJPAC, the Ironbound and Penn Station.