iron·​work | \ˈī(-ə)rn-ˌwərk \

Definition of ironwork 

1 : work in iron also : something made of iron

2 ironworks plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a mill or building where iron or steel is smelted or heavy iron or steel products are made

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ironworker \ˈī(-​ə)rn-​ˌwər-​kər \ noun

Examples of ironwork in a Sentence

We admired the ironwork in front of the house.

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Price: $4,200 (including installation) 3.The center table was crafted from three-inch solid distressed red oak with handmade ironwork. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "A $75,000 Lounge for the Après-Ski Whiskey Lover," 31 Oct. 2018 Its ornamental panels, which pay tribute to decorative ironwork on buildings crafted by slaves and free African-American artisans in cities like New Orleans, possessed a delicate beauty when viewed at close range. Blair Kamin,, "The national African-American museum still stirs the soul — and drops hints of what to expect at the Obama Presidential Center," 11 July 2018 But smelting iron in the colonies destroyed business for the ironworks in England. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Almost immediately, though, a problem arose in Britain's ironworks. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Wood-beam cathedral ceilings, ornate ironwork and lancet-style windows are among the architectural details. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Beverly Hills-area mansion with ‘Real Housewives’ connection lists for $22 million," 10 May 2018 The 11,821 square feet of living space was designed by former White House decorator Michael Smith and features reclaimed fireplace mantels, hand-hewn hardwood floors and custom ironwork. Jack Flemming,, "Mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer pulls in $11.5 million for Brentwood estate," 16 June 2018 In fact, his initials remain on the ironwork of the front stairs of the house, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Jaw-Dropping Lowcountry Estate is Available for $8.5 Million," 1 June 2018 Then there are the metal panels of the building itself, which Washington City Paper reports are inspired by 19th-century artisans' decorative ironwork. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "David Adjaye Explains The Design Of The Museum of African American History and Culture," 15 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of ironwork

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ironwork

: fences, railings, decorations, etc., that are made of iron


iron·​work | \ˈī-ərn-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of ironwork

1 : things made of iron

2 ironworks plural : a mill where iron or steel is smelted or heavy iron or steel products are made

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