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[ahy-ern-wurk] /ˈaɪ ərnˌwɜrk/
work in iron.
objects or parts of objects made of iron:
ornamental ironwork.
Origin of ironwork
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see iron, work Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ironwork
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  • A reliable authority gives the following as a very good recipe for ironwork varnish.

  • The ironwork was squeaky and broken, the breaks repaired with strings.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • The buildings were defaced, the windows broken, the stoves and ovens wrecked, and all the ironwork carried off.

    The Age of Erasmus P. S. Allen
  • The most unreliable portion of a yacht's rigging is the ironwork.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • The ironwork should be sounded with a hammer or heavy knife blade, just as railroad men sound carwheels.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • Sussex is also well-known for her ironwork (see Chapter X.).

  • Taking hold of the bars with both hands, she pressed her face against the ironwork.

    Robert Tournay William Sage
  • The design, from 1519, harmonizes splendidly with the ironwork facing it.

    Cathedrals of Spain John A. (John Allyne) Gade
  • They were open, and the buggy stood just within, the reins being secured to the ironwork.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • Their timbers were burned on the beach; their ironwork was given to the maroons.

British Dictionary definitions for ironwork


work done in iron, esp decorative work
the craft or practice of working in iron
See also ironworks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ironwork

early 15c., from iron (n.) + work (n.).

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