ferrous

adjective
fer·​rous | \ ˈfer-əs, ˈfe-rəs\

Definition of ferrous

1 : of, relating to, or containing iron
2 : being or containing divalent iron

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The next station uses a huge rotating magnet to pull out any ferrous metals, which range from tin cans (which have very little tin) to car parts. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 By varying electric current through a ferrous fluid, Magnetic Ride Control dampers can adjust their stiffness in response to driving conditions. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "3 Technologies That Are Making Car Suspensions Smarter Than Ever," 31 Jan. 2017 Their cost of ferrous feedstock per ton of steel is $90 higher than the average in Brazil, Russia, Japan and China, according to analysts at Bernstein. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Does American Steel Need More Protection?," 7 Mar. 2018 Steel Dynamics, which has facilities located in the U.S. and in Mexico, produces steel products, liquid pig iron, and processes and sells ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Steel Dynamics Gets Boost From Improved Demand for Steel," 19 Apr. 2018 Behind him, past scavenging and defecating prisoners, is a fence of barbed wire, and beyond it, a sky of ferrous gray. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Walk Through This Exhibition With Dread. You Know Where It Leads.," 5 Apr. 2018 Surveillance footage later revealed Dagley drilled into tanks of sodium cyanide, hydrochloric acid, yellow chromate, ferrous chloride, and sulfuric acid, according to a current owner, Ed Cochran. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Man drilled holes in tanks of cyanide, acid at Cleveland company he once owned, police said," 30 Aug. 2017 Ferrous materials will show signs of rust so •Check for rust on screws in the console areas. Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register, "Here’s what to look for in buying a used car that could have water damage," 7 Feb. 2017 Few people outside the repair industry know this, but the posted body shop labor hours on aluminum are at least two and possibly three times those on ferrous metal. Ed Wallace, star-telegram.com, "Insurance: Consumer Bill of Rights," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of ferrous

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ferrous

New Latin ferrosus, from Latin ferrum

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ferrous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ferrous

: of, relating to, or containing iron

ferrous

adjective
fer·​rous | \ ˈfer-əs \

Medical Definition of ferrous

1 : of, relating to, or containing iron
2 : being or containing iron with a valence of two

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