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noun I"ron
  1. [Chem] The most common and most useful metallic element, being of almost universal occurrence, usually in the form of an oxide (as hematite magnetite, etc.), or a hydrous oxide (as limonite turgite, etc.). It is reduced on an enormous scale in three principal forms; viz., cast iron steel, and wrought iron. Iron usually appears dark brown, from oxidation or impurity, but when pure, or on a fresh surface, is a gray or white metal. It is easily oxidized (rusted) by moisture, and is attacked by many corrosive agents. Symbol Fe (Latin Ferrum). Atomic number 26, atomic weight 55.847. Specific gravity, pure iron, 7.86; cast iron, 7.1. In magnetic properties, it is superior to all other substances.
  2. An instrument or utensil made of iron; -- chiefly in composition; as, a flat iron, a smoothing iron, etc. "My young soldier, put up your iron." [Shak.]
  3. pl.Fetters; chains; handcuffs; manacles."Four of the sufferers were left to rot in irons." [Macaulay.]
  4. Strength; power; firmness; inflexibility; as, to rule with a rod of iron .
  5. [Golf] An iron-headed club with a deep face, chiefly used in making approaches, lifting a ball over hazards, etc.

Note: ☞ The value of iron is largely due to the facility with which it can be worked. Thus, when heated it is malleable and ductile, and can be easily welded and forged at a high temperature. As cast iron, it is easily fusible; as steel, is very tough, and (when tempered) very hard and elastic. Chemically, iron is grouped with cobalt and nickel. Steel is a variety of iron containing more carbon than wrought iron, but less that cast iron. It is made either from wrought iron, by roasting in a packing of carbon ( cementation) or from cast iron, by burning off the impurities in a Bessemer converter (then called Bessemer steel), or directly from the iron ore (as in the Siemens rotatory and generating furnace).

Etymology: OE. iren, AS. īren īsen īsern; akin to D. ijzer, OS. īsarn, OHG. īsarn īsan, G. eisen, Icel. īsarn jārn, Sw. & Dan. jern, and perh. to E. ice; cf. Ir. iarann, W. haiarn, Armor. houarn

adjective I"ron
  1. Of, or made of iron; consisting of iron; as, an iron bar, dust.
  2. Resembling iron in color; as, iron blackness.
  3. Like iron in hardness, strength, impenetrability, power of endurance, insensibility, etc.;
    1. Rude; hard; harsh; severe.
      " Iron years of wars and dangers." [Rowe.]
      "Jove crushed the nations with an iron rod." [Pope.]
    2. Firm; robust; enduring; as, an iron constitution.
    3. Inflexible; unrelenting; as, an iron will.
    4. Not to be broken; holding or binding fast; tenacious.
      "Him death's ironsleep oppressed." [Philips.]

Note: Iron is often used in composition, denoting made of iron relating to iron of or with iron; producing iron, etc.; resembling iron, literally or figuratively, in some of its properties or characteristics; as, iron-shod, iron-sheathed, iron-fisted, iron-framed, iron-handed, iron-hearted, iron foundry or iron-foundry.

Etymology: AS. īren īsen. See Iron (n.)

verb I"ron
  1. To smooth with an instrument of iron; especially, to smooth, as cloth, with a heated flatiron; -- sometimes used with out.
  2. To shackle with irons; to fetter or handcuff." Ironedlike a malefactor." [Sir W. Scott.]
  3. To furnish or arm with iron; as, to iron a wagon.
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  1. Home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth
  2. A golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head
  3. Implement used to brand live stock
  4. A heavy ductile magnetic metallic element; is silver-white in pure form but readily rusts; used in construction and tools and armament; plays a role in the transport of oxygen by the blood
  5. Press and smooth with a heated iron ("she stood there ironing")
  6. Extremely robust ("an iron constitution")

From Middle English iren, from Old English īsern, īsærn, īren, īsen, from Proto-Germanic *īsarną (compare Dutch ijzer, West Frisian izer, German Eisen, Danish jern), from Gaulish īsarno-, from Proto-Celtic *īsarnom (compare Welsh haearn, Irish iarann), a derivation from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ésh₂r̥ (“blood”) (compare Hittite 𒂊𒌍𒄯 (ēšḫar), Tocharian A ysār, Latvian asinis, Ancient Greek ἔαρ (éar), Old Armenian արիւն (ariwn), Sanskrit असृज् (asṛj)). The sense development runs from 'bloody' to 'blood red' to 'ruddy metal'.

  1. (uncountable) A common, inexpensive metal, often black in color, that rusts, is attracted by magnets, and is used in making steel.
  2. (uncountable, physics, chemistry, metallurgy) A metallic chemical element having atomic number 26 and symbol Fe.
  3. (uncountable, countable, metallurgy) Any material, not a steel, predominantly made of elemental iron.
    wrought , ductile , cast , pig , gray
  4. (countable) A tool or appliance made of metal, which is heated and then used to transfer heat to something else; most often a thick piece of metal fitted with a handle and having a flat, roughly triangular bottom, which is heated and used to press wrinkles from clothing, and now usually containing an electrical heating apparatus.
  5. (usually plural, ) Shackles.
  6. (slang) A handgun.
  7. (uncountable) A dark shade of the colour/color silver.
  8. (Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from , rhyming with ; countable, offensive) A male homosexual.
  9. (golf) A golf club used for middle-distance shots.
  10. (uncountable) Great strength or power.

iron was also found in the following language(s): Japanese

Notable Persons Named Iron

Iron & Wine is a folk music, folk rock, and indie folk musician. He plays Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Percussion instrument, Harmonica, Bass guitar, and Vocals. Iron was given the name Samuel Beam on July 26th, 1974 in Chapin, South Carolina.


His most notable accomplishments were from 1927 to 1987. Iron was given the name Espera Oscar de Corti on April 3rd, 1904 in Kaplan, Louisiana, U.S. Iron is also known as The Crying Indian. He left this life on January 4th, 1999.



Iron Lad is a comics character.


Iron Man 2020 is a comics character.


Iron was born in 1780 in Edwards Plateau. He passed away in 1858.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Iron

Gregory was born on October 12th, 1986 in Cleveland. Gregory is also known as Smith and Gregory; Handicapped Hero.



Henry was born in 1319. Henry is also known as Henryk V Żelazny (Polish); Jindřich V. Železný (Czech); Heinrich V. von Glogau-Sagan (German). He breathed his last breath on April 8th, 1369.




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Ethnicity Iron U.S.
  White 13.38% 64.26%
  African American 21.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 56.13% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.32% 16.26%

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People with the last name Iron are most frequently White, African American, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Iron

  • How Popular is the name Iron? Iron is the 68,535th most popular name of all time. As a last name Iron was the 72,332nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Iron have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13 babies born with the first name Iron in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Iron? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1978 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Iron first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Iron is Wednesday, November 7th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Iron born? The highest recorded use of the first name Iron was in 2005 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Iron: Your name in reverse order is Nori. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Inro. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Iron? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 269 people with the last name Iron.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Iron? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Iron as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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