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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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 The ironwork roof of Miller Park stadium is visible over the treeline. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With PTSD reaching well beyond combat vets, trauma experts see need for 'healing spaces'," 18 May 2018 The carved wooden doors and ornamental ironwork are of particular interest and the studio is highly regarded by musicians for its acoustics. azcentral, "Historic buildings in Scottsdale you need to see," 26 Apr. 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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