cast-iron

adjective
\ˈkast-ˈī(-ə)rn \

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

hard, hard-bitten, hardened, hardy, inured, rugged, stout, strong, sturdy, tough, toughened, vigorous

Antonyms: Adjective

delicate, nonhardy, soft, tender, weak

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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

Grilled Lobster Tails With Garlic Butter Ingredients 30 lobster tails 15 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 lb unsalted butter salt and pepper, to taste Instructions Melt butter in a large cast iron pan. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "3 Fancy But Easy BBQ Recipes to Grill Before Summer Is Over," 30 Aug. 2018 The museum has antique cars and motorcycles if that's your thing, and, for the kids, pedal cars and thousands of antique toys, including dolls and toys made out of tin and cast iron. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Take a family road trip this summer to check out these 7 Wisconsin children's museums," 19 June 2018 In a fryer or cast iron skillet, fry in the oil at 350 degrees until golden brown. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "As Galt House gets a makeover, Rivue restaurant goes for local and fresh," 29 May 2018 Right now, Amazon has great price drops on our favorite wireless charging pad, bagless vacuum, and cast iron skillet cleaner. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best deals on Amazon right now," 4 Apr. 2018 Place on rimmed baking sheet between layers of paper towels; sandwich with second sheet and place cast iron skillet on top to weigh down 10 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Tofu Pad Thai," 19 Mar. 2018 Neither wrought nor cast iron was quite the perfect mixture, though. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Char briefly on a hot grill, or sear in a cast iron pan. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Fourth of July with these Louisville chef throwback recipes," 2 July 2018 Chinese cast iron, with 2 to 4 percent carbon, was more brittle than steel. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018

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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

English Language Learners Definition of cast-iron

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made of cast iron

: very strong or tough

: 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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