Meaning of IRON in English

I. ˈī(-ə)rn noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English īsern, īren; akin to Old High German īsarn iron

Date: before 12th century

1. : a silver-white malleable ductile magnetic heavy metallic element that readily rusts in moist air, occurs native in meteorites and combined in most igneous rocks, is the most used of metals, and is vital to biological processes — see element table

2. : something made of iron: as

a. plural : shackles for the hands or legs

b. : a heated metal implement used for branding or cauterizing

c. : a household device usually with a flat metal base that is heated to smooth, finish, or press (as cloth)

d. : stirrup — usually used in plural

e. : any of a series of numbered golf clubs having relatively thin metal heads — compare wood

3. : great strength, hardness, or determination

- iron in the fire

II. adjective

Date: before 12th century

1. : of, relating to, or made of iron

2. : resembling iron


a. : strong and healthy : robust

an iron constitution

b. : inflexible , unrelenting

iron determination

c. : holding or binding fast

an iron grip

• iron·ness ˈī(-ə)rn-nəs noun

III. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to furnish or cover with iron

2. : to shackle with irons


a. : to smooth with or as if with a heated iron

iron a shirt

b. : to remove (as wrinkles) by ironing

intransitive verb

: to smooth or press cloth or clothing with a heated iron

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.