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irk to annoy, irritate, or exasperate.
irksome causing annoyance; bothersome or tiresome.
iron a chemical element that has twenty-six protons in each nucleus and that occurs naturally in a variety of compounds such as minerals important in the earth's crust as well as the biologically essential cytochromes and hemoglobin, and that can be isolated in pure form as a silver-white dense malleable metal that rusts rapidly in air, can be easily magnetized, and is widely used in a variety of alloys. (symbol: Fe) [16 definitions]
Iron Age the stage or level of development of human culture that followed the Bronze Age and that was characterized by the use of iron tools and weapons, beginning about 1000 B.C.
ironbound as though bound with iron; stern or rigid. [2 definitions]
ironclad as though covered in iron armor; unbreakable and inflexible. [3 definitions]
iron curtain (sometimes cap.) the barrier to free communication and exchange of information which was attributed by Western nations to the secrecy and censorship of the Soviet Union after World War II.
iron hand harsh or tight control, as by a despot.
ironic being, showing, pertaining to, or marked by irony. [2 definitions]
ironically in an ironic manner. [2 definitions]
ironing the act or activity of pressing clothes with a hot iron. [2 definitions]
ironing board a long, narrow, padded board, usu. with one tapered end and a collapsible stand, on which laundry is ironed.
iron lung a large metal chamber in which the body can be enclosed up to the neck, that maintains artificial respiration by means of alternating pulses of high and low pressure, used esp. for polio victims.
iron maiden a medieval instrument of torture consisting of a coffinlike case in which a victim was impaled on spikes.
ironmonger (chiefly British) a merchant who sells household tools, equipment, and other hardware.
ironmonger's (chiefly British) a shop where household tools, equipment, and other hardware items are sold; hardware store.
iron out to clear up or smooth out (difficulties, conflicts, or the like).
iron pyrites pyrite; fool's gold.
irons in the fire projects or undertakings.
ironstone any of several iron ores containing impurities of silica and clay. [2 definitions]
ironware pots, utensils, and other small articles made of iron.