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

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

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 From storing cast iron skillets to potting indoor plants, coffee filters are good for a lot more than just making coffee. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Case For Keeping Coffee Filters in the Living Room," 26 Feb. 2018 Heat a 12- inch cast iron skillet over medium –high heat until hot. House Beautiful, "Todd English's Surf & Turf Recipe at Kitchen of the Year," 20 July 2012 Use a stainless steel or cast iron pan if your recipe calls for a high-heat method, like searing or browning meat. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Burnt Pot or Pan," 23 Aug. 2018 Le Creuset’s classic enameled cast iron Dutch ovens are great for braises, baking bread, and even weeknight pasta. Melissa Minton, Bon Appetit, "Le Creuset to Release New 7-Piece Stainless Steel Collection," 15 Mar. 2018 Another beautiful, yet no less mysterious, series of structures are the cast iron Umbracle (palm house) and Hivernacle (green house) in front. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018 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

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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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