jeremy j. irons


Jeremy (John) born 1948, English actor. Unabridged
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irons (ˈaɪənz)
pl n
1.  fetters or chains (often in the phrase inorinto irons)
2.  nautical in irons (of a sailing vessel) headed directly into the wind without steerageway
3.  have several irons in the fire to be involved in many projects, activities, etc

Irons (ˈaɪənz)
Jeremy. born 1948, British film and stage actor. His films include The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Mission (1986), Reversal of Fortune (1990), and Lolita (1997)

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Word Origin & History

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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iron i·ron (ī'ərn)

  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.

Made of or containing iron.
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iron   (ī'ərn)  Pronunciation Key 
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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