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blacksmith

[blak-smith] /ˈblækˌsmɪθ/
noun
1.
a person who makes horseshoes and shoes horses.
2.
a person who forges objects of iron.
3.
a blackish damselfish, Chromis punctipinnis, inhabiting coastal waters off southern California.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see black (in reference to iron or black metal), smith1; cf. whitesmith
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  • The metaphor is taken from a blacksmith working a piece of iron, say a horse-shoe, into shape.
  • Find a blacksmith to fix a damaged chain,which was the main driving mechanism.
  • Large plantations were self-sufficient and included blacksmith, kitchen, carpentry and barn structures.
  • Tourists can also explore the blacksmith shop and barn on the property.
  • Take a stroll around the grounds and look inside the buildings that include a home, barns, blacksmith's shop and country school.
  • The restaurant was transformed from a former blacksmith shop and still includes the original large door.
  • Experience the olden days in the historic kitchen of the colonial cottage, check out the old school, a jail and a blacksmith shop.
  • Explore the village's preserved structures and see its inhabitants, such as the blacksmith, or ride the antique carousel.
  • If faces are badly chipped or unevenly worn, have them reconditioned by a blacksmith.
  • The blacksmith played an integral role in our developing nation.
British Dictionary definitions for blacksmith

blacksmith

/ˈblækˌsmɪθ/
noun
1.
an artisan who works iron with a furnace, anvil, hammer, etc
Word Origin
C14: see black, smith
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Word Origin and History for blacksmith
n.

late 15c. (mid-13c. as a surname), from black + smith (n.). Listed in royal ordinance (along with bladesmiths, spurriers and goldbeaters). Those who work in heated, heavy metals as opposed to those who beat gold, tin, or pewter (whitesmith).

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Encyclopedia Article for blacksmith

craftsman who fabricates objects out of iron by hot and cold forging on an anvil. Blacksmiths who specialized in the forging of shoes for horses were called farriers. The term blacksmith derives from iron, formerly called "black metal," and farrier from the Latin ferrum, "iron."

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