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

brassbound, exacting, hard-line, inflexible, rigid, rigorous, strict, stringent, uncompromising

Antonyms: Adjective

flexible, lax, loose, relaxed, slack

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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

Whoever works the fry station at Miss Ollie’s needs to keep at least three cast irons churning through chicken without the aid of the digital temperature controllers that are typically built into most modern fryers. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Chefs love cast iron’s durability and its ability to evenly retain heat. Christina Chaey, Bon Appetit, "Cast-Iron Skillets: How to Season, Clean, and Cook with Them FOREVER," 5 Apr. 2018 That's why cast iron or chrome-plated steel have traditionally been the grate materials of choice. John Loecke, ELLE Decor, "Shopping Guide: Outdoor Grills," 3 Apr. 2010 The company also designs and builds custom boardroom tables, with treated and reclaimed wood and cast iron legs. Steve Jagler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jagler: Scathain founder McWilliam brings art to commerce," 13 Apr. 2018 Instead of opting for a pricier custom tub, Jenna Sue purchased a basic white porcelain and cast iron claw foot tub to replace the bathroom's golden yellow fibreglass tub-shower combo. Lauren Matthews, Country Living, "5 Design Takeaways From One of the Most Beautiful DIY Bathroom Renovations Ever," 15 May 2015 Like all Lodge cast iron, this skillet comes pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon's Top-Selling Cast Iron Skillet Is on Sale for $15," 4 Jan. 2019 But brand manager Susan Banchek says the shop's collection of Industrial-era pieces, including factory lights and cast iron and chicken wire-glass accessories, have been especially popular as of late. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, House Beautiful, "5 Flea Markets to Hit Around Philly for the Coolest Furniture," 21 Aug. 2018 To make the pancakes, heat a cast iron or nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Caleb Barber, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Pancake lovers will sing with joy over these cornmeal-oat blueberry beauties," 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
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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