cast-iron

adjective
\ ˈkast-ˈī(-ə)rn How to pronounce cast-iron (audio) \

Definition of cast-iron

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made of cast iron
2 : resembling cast iron: such as
a : capable of withstanding great strain a cast-iron stomach
b : not admitting change, adaptation, or exception : rigid a cast-iron will
c British : not likely to fail or be broken : airtight "Clever idea, Black, getting yourself seen on a safe station platform … gave you a cast-iron excuse not to leave your hidey-hole in future, didn't it?"— J. K. Rowling

cast iron

noun

Definition of cast iron (Entry 2 of 2)

: a commercial alloy of iron, carbon, and silicon that is cast in a mold and is hard, brittle, nonmalleable, and incapable of being hammer-welded but more easily fusible than steel

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cast-iron

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of cast-iron in a Sentence

Noun The fence is made of cast iron.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun You roast chunks of sweet potato in the oven, cook the onions until well-browned in a cast iron skillet, and then toss them all over arugula with a homemade dressing. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Sweet (potato) recipe ideas to try this Thanksgiving," 4 Nov. 2019 Heat a large well-seasoned cast iron skillet, griddle or nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Los Angeles Times, "A delicious plant-based burger? You can make it at home.," 27 Sep. 2019 Serious talk over his next move has been limited as Mbappé is expected to set a new record fee, but Sport claim he's emerged as a cast iron target for Real Madrid next summer. SI.com, "Report: Real Madrid Makes Kylian Mbappe Its Top Transfer Target for Next Summer," 7 Sep. 2019 At auction, the early cast iron examples garner top prices. Brenda Yenke, cleveland.com, "Planes, trains capture our enthusiasm: Yenke Peddler antiques," 29 Aug. 2019 A few minutes after the galbi is set down on the table, Michael Kim brings out a cast iron gamasot full of rice. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "At Maum in Palo Alto, a tasting menu that celebrates Korean American classics," 8 Aug. 2019 Breaking news: Lodge cast iron cookware is on sale today on Amazon. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Lodge Cookware Is Up to 69% Off on Amazon Right Now," 6 Aug. 2019 Even the cast iron fence, dating back to 1849, has a story to tell. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Shockingly Affordable North Carolina Beauty Has Porches for Day and Days," 6 Aug. 2019 To accommodate a large group of guests, the party version of Jollof is also cooked in cast iron pots over firewood, giving it a smokey flavor served at parties with fried plantains and moin moin (steamed bean pudding). Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "How Jollof rice became West Africa’s iconic dish and a point of banter between Africans," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cast-iron

Adjective

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cast-iron was in 1664

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cast-iron

adjective
How to pronounce cast iron (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cast-iron

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made of cast iron
: very strong or tough
British : not likely to fail or be broken

cast iron

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cast iron (Entry 2 of 2)

: a very hard type of metal that is made into different shapes by being melted and poured into special containers (called casts or molds)

cast iron

noun

Kids Definition of cast iron

: a hard and brittle alloy of iron, carbon, and silicon shaped by being poured into a mold while melted

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