Meaning of IRON in English


Metallic chemical element , one of the transition element s, chemical symbol Fe, atomic number 26.

Iron is the most used and cheapest metal , the second most abundant metal and fourth most abundant element in Earth's crust. It occurs rarely as a free metal, occasionally in natural alloy s (especially in meteorite s), and in hundreds of minerals and ores, including hematite , magnetite , limonite , and siderite . The human body contains about one-sixth of an ounce (4.5 g) of iron, mostly in hemoglobin and its precursors; iron in the diet is essential to health. Iron is ferromagnetic (see ferromagnetism ) at ordinary temperatures and is the only metal that can be tempered (see tempering ). Its uses in steel s of various types, as well as in wrought iron (collectively, "ferrous metals"), are numerous. Alteration of its properties by impurities, especially carbon, is the basis of steelmaking. Iron in compounds usually has valence 2 (ferrous) or 3 (ferric). Ferrous and ferric oxides (FeO and Fe 2 O 3 , respectively) are used as pigments and the latter as jewelers' rouge. Rust is ferric oxide containing water; ferric oxide is widely used as a magnetic recording material in computer data-storage devices and magnetic tapes. Ferrous and ferric sulfates and chlorides are all of industrial importance as mordants, reducing agents, flocculating agents, or raw materials and in inks and fertilizers.


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magnetic iron ore

iron pyrite

bog iron ore

cast iron

Iron Act

Iron Age

Iron Curtain

iron deficiency anemia

pig iron

Saugus Iron Works

wrought iron

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