Definition of ferrous
1 : of, relating to, or containing iron
2 : being or containing divalent iron
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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.
Brantley, 102, who served as chief of the Interior Department’s ferrous metals division before retiring in 1980, died May 11 at his home in Arlington, Va.
Ferrous materials will show signs of rust so •Check for rust on screws in the console areas.
Vale sees S11D bringing lower upkeep costs and higher margins, ferrous minerals director Peter Poppinga said in November.
Frehiwot Reta, the chef, ferments the bread for three days, and the result is fresh, springy, and tartly ferrous.
The sirloin and the prime rib were watery, without the ferrous edge of bull's blood.
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Origin and Etymology of ferrous
New Latin ferrosus, from Latin ferrum
First Known Use: 1755See Words from the same year
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Definition of ferrous for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or containing iron
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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