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.
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.
The airship and the flying-machine were very different things from ironclads, which take a couple of years to build.
Now it was rumoured the British had an overwhelming gun, now the French an invincible rifle, now the Japanese a new explosive, now the Americans a submarine that would drive every ironclad from the seas.
I began to compare the things to human ma- chines, to ask myself for the first time in my life how an ironclad or a steam engine would seem to an intelligent lower animal.
Then, too, a number of cars were apt to arrive late in the day, now that the roads were blocked with snow, and the packers would buy their cattle that night, to get them cheaper, and then would come into play their ironclad rule, that all cattle must be killed the same day they were bought.
Everything went perfectly well to the last moment when suddenly the Numancia (a Republican ironclad) had appeared and chased them ashore on the French coast below Bayonne.
Joseph Brown and His Civil War Ironclads: The USS Chillicothe, Indianola and Tuscumbia
The two ironclads fired on each other for several hours, with little damage and few casualties, before they both retreated to safer waters.
1866: An outnumbered Austrian fleet outmanoeuvred and defeated an Italian fleet at the Battle of Lissa in the Adriatic, sinking two ships in the first battle between groups of ironclads. 1944: An assassination attempt on Hitler was made by a German staff officer, Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg.
The deployment of the Union ironclads was intended to deter the involvement of the British Royal Navy in the war as much as it was to support Confederate port blockades.
We also looked at some modern-day baby ironclads (by 1970 standards): the Navy's Assault Support Patrol Boats of Vietnam.