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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
  • Decorative ironwork was originally wrought at the forge.
  • Many more fascinating details can be seen in the windows, in decorative ironwork and carved stone as well.
  • Bolts, clips, welds or solders ironwork together and to brackets or anchors.
  • His experience is in cemetery conservation with special attention placed on cemetery ironwork.
  • Application is to replace stoop and areaway ironwork.
  • The store's exterior boasts a sloping roofline, a neon sign that incorporates a large red rose, and rose-adorned ironwork.
  • The original invitation for bids included an alternative for painting of the ironwork in place.
  • As the ironwork supporting the shutters corrodes and expands, it destroys the surrounding brick.
  • The demand for custom ironwork continues in the community today.
  • Iron castings for the company's machine parts as well as ornamental ironwork for buildings were made in the foundry.
British Dictionary definitions for ironwork


work done in iron, esp decorative work
the craft or practice of working in iron
See also ironworks
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Word Origin and History for ironwork

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

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