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"iron" in American English

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ironnoun

 us   /ˈɑɪ·ərn/
  • iron noun (METAL)

[U] a ​common, silver-colored, ​metalelement that is ​magnetic and ​strong, is used in making ​steel, and is ​found in ​smallamounts in ​blood and in all ​living things: Iron rusts ​easily. Liver is a ​richsource of ​dietary iron.
  • iron noun (DEVICE)

[C] a ​device with a ​handle and a ​flatmetalbase that can be ​heated and ​pressed against ​cloth to make the ​clothsmooth

ironverb [T]

 us   /ˈɑɪ·ərn/
  • iron verb [T] (USE DEVICE)

to make ​clothsmooth using an iron: I have to iron this ​skirt. [M] Let me iron out the ​wrinkles in this ​tablecloth.
Phrasal verbs

ironadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɑɪ·ərn/
made of or ​containing iron: iron ​ore an iron ​railing along the ​steps fig. Her ​successdepended on ​physicalstrength and an iron will (= ​strongdetermination).
(Definition of iron from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"iron" in British English

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ironnoun

uk   /aɪən/  us   /aɪrn/
  • iron noun (METAL)

B1 (symbol Fe) [U] a ​chemicalelement that is a ​common greyish-coloured ​metal. It is ​strong, used in making steel, and ​exists in very ​smallamounts in ​blood: Iron ​rustseasily. Liver is a ​particularlyrichsource of ​dietary iron. iron ​ore an iron ​deficiency

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  • iron noun (FOR CLOTHES)

B1 [C] a ​piece of ​equipment for making ​clothesflat and ​smooth that has a ​handle and a ​flatbase 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 steelpart 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 chainstied around someone to ​prevent them from ​escaping or ​moving: It was ​commonpractice for the ​prisoners to be clapped in irons (= ​tied with ​chains).

ironverb [I or T]

uk   /aɪən/  us   /aɪrn/

ironadjective [before noun]

uk   /aɪən/  us   /aɪrn/
(Definition of iron from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"iron" in Business English

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ironnoun [U]

uk   us   /aɪən/ NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION
a common metal element used in making ​steel: Heavy ​industries, like iron and ​steel, can take ​advantage of the government's ​increased public-works ​spending.
(Definition of iron from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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