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[flat-ahy-ern] /ˈflætˌaɪ ərn/
a nonelectric iron with a flat bottom, heated for use in pressing clothes, cloth, etc.
Geology. (in the Western U.S.) a triangular hogback that resembles a flatiron resting on its base.
Origin of flatiron
1735-45; flat1 + iron Unabridged
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  • It is then ironed in the usual way with a flatiron, and is ready for the glossing operation.

  • He was hunting for the flatiron and the hammer, and I was outside before he noticed me.

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
  • "Very well, Randy," she answered, setting down her flatiron and giving him a smile.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • The Munsey offices are up close to the roof in the flatiron building.

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • Every morning his wife was obliged to run a flatiron over his trousers to perpetuate the crease.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow George Barr McCutcheon
  • He had to bust his head with a flatiron to make him let go of me.

    The Daredevil Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Past the flatiron Building he shuffled, until, at length, the Tenderloin unfolded itself before him.

  • To demonstrate this, I cracked some between hammer and flatiron.

  • She's a' right wi'out the physic, and well nigh pinned Mrs. Brice when she came in to-day to borrow a flatiron.

    Facing Death G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for flatiron


(formerly) an iron for pressing clothes that was heated by being placed on a stove, etc
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