cast-i|ron


cast-i|ron
a hard, brittle form of iron made by casting. Cast iron is made by remelting pig iron. It contains carbon and silicon and is used to make automobile engine blocks and the like.
cast-i|ron «KAST Y uhrn, KAHST-», adjective.
1. made of cast iron: »

The cast-iron parts of an automobile include the engine block, manifold, and water pump case.

2. Figurative. not yielding; hard; unbending: »

cast-iron policies. A cast-iron conservative…found himself in an embarrassing and awkward role last week (Time).

3. Figurative. hardy; strong: »

a cast-iron constitution. His cast-iron stomach could digest almost anything.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • cast iron — cast′ i′ron n. mel an alloy of iron, carbon, and other elements, cast as a soft and strong, or as a hard and brittle iron • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

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