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ironing

[ahy-er-ning] /ˈaɪ ər nɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or process of smoothing or pressing clothes, linens, etc., with a heated iron.
2.
articles of clothing or the like that have been or are to be ironed.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; iron + -ing1

iron

[ahy-ern] /ˈaɪ ərn/
noun
1.
Chemistry. a ductile, malleable, silver-white metallic element, scarcely known in a pure condition, but much used in its crude or impure carbon-containing forms for making tools, implements, machinery, etc. Symbol: Fe; atomic weight: 55.847; atomic number: 26; specific gravity: 7.86 at 20°C.
2.
something hard, strong, rigid, unyielding, or the like:
hearts of iron.
3.
an instrument, utensil, weapon, etc., made of iron.
4.
an appliance with a flat metal bottom, used when heated, as by electricity, to press or smooth clothes, linens, etc.
5.
Golf. one of a series of nine iron-headed clubs having progressively sloped-back faces, used for driving or lofting the ball.
Compare wood1 (def 8).
7.
any of several tools, structural members, etc., of metals other than iron.
8.
the blade of a carpenter's plane.
9.
Slang. a pistol.
10.
a harpoon.
11.
Medicine/Medical. a preparation of iron or containing iron, used chiefly in the treatment of anemia, or as a styptic and astringent.
12.
irons, shackles or fetters:
Put him in irons!
13.
a sword.
adjective
14.
of, containing, or made of iron:
an iron skillet.
15.
resembling iron in firmness, strength, color, etc.:
an iron will.
16.
stern; harsh; cruel.
17.
inflexible; unrelenting.
18.
strong; robust; healthy.
19.
holding or binding strongly:
an iron grip.
20.
irritating or harsh in tone:
an iron voice.
verb (used with object)
21.
to smooth or press with a heated iron, as clothes or linens.
22.
to furnish, mount, or arm with iron.
23.
to shackle or fetter with irons.
24.
Metalworking. to smooth and thin the walls of (an object being deep-drawn).
verb (used without object)
25.
to press clothes, linens, etc., with an iron.
Verb phrases
26.
iron out,
  1. to iron or press (an item of clothing or the like).
  2. to remove (wrinkles) from by ironing.
  3. to resolve or clear up (difficulties, disagreements, etc.):
    The problem was ironed out months ago.
Idioms
27.
in irons,
  1. Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) unable to maneuver because of the position of the sails with relation to the direction of the wind.
  2. Nautical. (of a towing vessel) unable to maneuver because of tension on the towing line.
  3. Also, into irons. in shackles or fetters.
28.
irons in the fire, matters with which one is immediately concerned; undertakings; projects:
He had other irons in the fire, so that one failure would not destroy him.
29.
pump iron, to lift weights as an exercise or in competition.
30.
strike while the iron is hot, to act quickly when an opportunity presents itself.
Origin
before 900; Middle English, Old English īren (noun and adj.), perhaps < *īsren, metathesized from īsern, variant of īsen; compare Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse īsarn, Gothic eisarn < Germanic *īsarnam, perhaps < Celtic; compare Gaulish Ysarno-, Iserno- (in place names), Old Breton hoiarn, Welsh haearn, Old Irish íarn
Related forms
ironless, adjective
ironlike, adjective
unironed, adjective
well-ironed, adjective
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Examples for ironing
  • If the ironing board stays up for an hour, somebody will start using it as a kitchen counter.
  • They are reasons to get to work ironing out the ambiguities and devising workable laws.
  • Nonetheless, the ironing-out of the yield curve is not normally welcome news.
  • There may be merit in ironing out some of the disadvantages small firms face in attracting capital and people.
  • Skiers can thus, it seems, forget about long hours spent ironing wax on to their skis and devote more of their time to the slopes.
  • Dry-cleaning and ironing services should benefit too.
  • In the spring, the university will begin ironing out wrinkles in its digital-dissertation policy.
  • It's a humble study, with an ironing board behind the door and a window overlooking the alley.
  • So there is less work in ironing out the infelicities.
  • In her little kitchen, she had an ironing board out, with all her ingredients laid out on it.
British Dictionary definitions for ironing

ironing

/ˈaɪənɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of ironing washed clothes
2.
clothes that are to be or that have been ironed

iron

/ˈaɪən/
noun
1.
  1. a malleable ductile silvery-white ferromagnetic metallic element occurring principally in haematite and magnetite. It is widely used for structural and engineering purposes. Symbol: Fe; atomic no: 26; atomic wt: 55.847; valency: 2,3,4, or 6; relative density: 7.874; melting pt: 1538°C; boiling pt: 2862°C See also steel, cast iron, wrought iron, pig iron related adjectives ferric ferrous related prefix ferro-
  2. (as modifier) iron railings
2.
any of certain tools or implements made of iron or steel, esp for use when hot a grappling iron, a soldering iron
3.
an appliance for pressing fabrics using dry heat or steam, esp a small electrically heated device with a handle and a weighted flat bottom
4.
any of various golf clubs with narrow metal heads, numbered from 1 to 9 according to the slant of the face, used esp for approach shots a No. 6 iron
5.
an informal word for harpoon (sense 1)
6.
(US, slang) a splintlike support for a malformed leg
7.
great hardness, strength, or resolve a will of iron
8.
(astronomy) short for iron meteorite
9.
10.
strike while the iron is hot, to act at an opportune moment
adjective
11.
very hard, immovable, or implacable iron determination
12.
very strong; extremely robust an iron constitution
13.
cruel or unyielding he ruled with an iron hand
14.
an iron fist, a cruel and unyielding attitude or approach See also velvet (sense 6)
verb
15.
to smooth (clothes or fabric) by removing (creases or wrinkles) using a heated iron; press
16.
(transitive) to furnish or clothe with iron
17.
(transitive) (rare) to place (a prisoner) in irons
See also iron out, irons
Derived Forms
ironer, noun
ironless, adjective
ironlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English irēn; related to Old High German īsan, Old Norse jārn; compare Old Irish īarn
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Word Origin and History for ironing
iron
O.E. isærn (with M.E. rhotacism of -s-), from P.Gmc. *isarnan (cf. O.S. isarn, O.N. isarn, M.Du. iser, O.H.G. isarn, Ger. Eisen) "holy metal" or "strong metal" (in contrast to softer bronze) probably an early borrowing of Celt. *isarnon (cf. O.Ir. iarn, Welsh haiarn), from PIE *is-(e)ro- "powerful, holy," from PIE *eis "strong" (cf. Skt. isirah "vigorous, strong," Gk. ieros "strong"). The verb meaning "press clothes" (with a heated flat-iron) is first recorded 1670s; ironing board is from 1843.
"Right so as whil that Iren is hoot men sholden smyte." [Chaucer, c.1386]
To have (too) many irons in the fire "to be doing too much at once" is from 1540s. Iron lung "artificial respiration tank" is from 1932.
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ironing in Medicine

iron i·ron (ī'ərn)
n.


  1. Symbol Fe A lustrous, malleable, ductile, magnetic or magnetizable metallic element. Atomic number 26; atomic weight 55.847; melting point 1,538°C; boiling point 2,860°C; specific gravity 7.874 (at 20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 6.

  2. A pill or other medication containing iron and taken as a dietary supplement.

adj.
Made of or containing iron.
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ironing in Science
iron
  (ī'ərn)   
Symbol Fe
A silvery-white, hard metallic element that occurs abundantly in minerals such as hematite, magnetite, pyrite, and ilmenite. It is malleable and ductile, can be magnetized, and rusts readily in moist air. It is used to make steel and other alloys important in construction and manufacturing. Iron is a component of hemoglobin, which allows red blood cells to carry oxygen and carbon dioxide through the body. Atomic number 26; atomic weight 55.845; melting point 1,535°C; boiling point 2,750°C; specific gravity 7.874 (at 20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 6. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.
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Slang definitions & phrases for ironing

iron

noun
  1. A motorcycle; motorcycles collectively; Bike, scoot: competing on old British and American iron (1920s+ Motorcyclists)
  2. A car: On this big piece of German iron there's a bumper sticker (1935+)
  3. A firearm, esp a pistol; shooting iron (1775+)
  4. The weights used in weightlifting (1972+)
Related Terms

have brass balls, hot iron, pump iron, shooting iron, waffle-iron


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ironing in the Bible

Tubal-Cain is the first-mentioned worker in iron (Gen. 4:22). The Egyptians wrought it at Sinai before the Exodus. David prepared it in great abundance for the temple (1 Chr. 22:3: 29:7). The merchants of Dan and Javan brought it to the market of Tyre (Ezek. 27:19). Various instruments are mentioned as made of iron (Deut. 27:5; 19:5; Josh. 17:16, 18; 1 Sam. 17:7; 2 Sam. 12:31; 2 Kings 6:5, 6; 1 Chr. 22:3; Isa. 10:34). Figuratively, a yoke of iron (Deut. 28:48) denotes hard service; a rod of iron (Ps. 2:9), a stern government; a pillar of iron (Jer. 1:18), a strong support; a furnace of iron (Deut. 4:20), severe labour; a bar of iron (Job 40:18), strength; fetters of iron (Ps. 107:10), affliction; giving silver for iron (Isa. 60:17), prosperity.

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