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iron

noun uk   /aɪən/  us   /aɪrn/

iron noun (METAL)

B1 (symbol Fe) [U] a chemical element that is a common greyish-coloured metal. It is strong, used in making steel, and exists in very small amounts in blood: Iron rusts easily. Liver is a particularly rich source of dietary iron. iron ore an iron deficiency
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iron noun (FOR CLOTHES)

B1 [C] a piece of equipment for making clothes flat and smooth that has a handle and a flat base and is usually heated with electricity: a steam iron a travel iron
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iron noun (GOLF)

[C] a stick that has an iron or steel part at the end that is used to hit the ball in golf: He'll probably use a 2 or 3 iron for the shot.

iron noun (CHAINS)

irons [plural] literary chains tied around someone to prevent them from escaping or moving: It was common practice for the prisoners to be clapped in irons (= tied with chains).

iron

verb [I or T] uk   /aɪən/  us   /aɪrn/
B1 to make clothes flat and smooth using an iron: It takes about five minutes to iron a shirt properly.
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iron

adjective [before noun] uk   /aɪən/  us   /aɪrn/
very strong physically, mentally, or emotionally: I think you have to have an iron will to make some of these decisions.
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