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wrought iron

a form of iron, almost entirely free of carbon and having a fibrous structure including a uniformly distributed slag content, that is readily forged and welded.
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wrought-iron, adjective Unabridged
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  • "Durham" or "screw pipe" work is the name used to denote that the job is installed by the use of wrought-iron or steel screw pipe.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • She removed some non-existent dust from the wrought-iron standard.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Yet a fourth was arrayed in a dark-red tunic fastened by a belt of leather with silver ornamentations inlaid in wrought-iron.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet A. Henry Savage Landor
  • The windows are shielded with bars of wrought-iron standing vertically.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • The similar effect of partial fusion of steel in a wrought-iron box has already been mentioned.

  • Lamps were here—scores of them, in wrought-iron chandeliers.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
  • The flower, surrounded by its frail, straight leaves, is as if suspended from the ledge of a wrought-iron balcony.

  • The Jew sold the wrought-iron box that very week for twenty guineas.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • To his memory also were given by the parishioners the wrought-iron gates at the main entrance to the Churchyard.

    The Hawarden Visitors' Hand-Book William Henry Gladstone
  • He never approved of a wrought-iron Howe truss over a large span.

    The Ashtabula Disaster Stephen D. Peet
British Dictionary definitions for wrought-iron

wrought iron

  1. a pure form of iron having a low carbon content and a fibrous microstructure. It is made by various processes and is often used for decorative work
  2. (as modifier): wrought-iron gates
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