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

Both are, however, vulnerable to chips or breaks if subjected to blunt force in unsupported areas—like, say, by dropping a cast iron skillet right on the corner of your counter—and both can stain. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Main Differences Between Quartz and Granite," 17 June 2019 For comparison, consider that cast iron melts at about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Glenn Mcdonald, National Geographic, "From diamonds to rockets, mourning the dead has gotten high-tech," 17 June 2019 The block is cast with compacted graphite iron, which provides strength to dampen vibrations but weighs less than grey cast iron. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "New 2020 Ram 1500 will offer EcoDiesel," 10 June 2019 But most union plumbers, as well as some mechanical engineers, believe that cast iron is safer and more durable, and therefore should remain the standard. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Developers worry Philadelphia's new plumbing board will clog housing pipeline," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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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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