cast iron

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cast iron an alloy of iron containing so much carbon that it is brittle and so cannot be wrought but must be shaped by casting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cast iron skillets used to be the leading source of iron in the American diet
    • Cast iron (Metal) an impure variety of iron, containing from three to six percent of carbon, part of which is united with a part of the iron, as a carbide, and the rest is uncombined, as graphite. It there is little free carbon, the product is white iron; if much of the carbon has separated as graphite, it is called gray iron. See also Cast iron, in the Vocabulary.
    • Cast iron Highly carbonized iron, the direct product of the blast furnace; -- used for making castings, and for conversion into wrought iron and steel. It can not be welded or forged, is brittle, and sometimes very hard. Besides carbon, it contains sulphur, phosphorus, silica, etc.
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Idioms

Cast iron stomach - A person with a cast iron stomach can eat or drink anything without any ill effects.
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Usage

In literature:

But I must say you have a cast-iron nerve.
"Frontier Boys in Frisco" by Wyn Roosevelt
Steel and cast iron may both be annealed in granulated bone.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
His figure was tall, and of cast-iron mold.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
The cast-iron stove was rusted and the covers cracked.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
My cast-iron constitution holds good.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
Cast-iron shot had been introduced by 1400, and, with the improvement of cannon during that century, iron shot gradually replaced stone.
"Artillery Through the Ages" by Albert Manucy
Out on the lawn, surrounded by Geraniums, was a Cast-Iron Deer which seemed to be looking at the Court House in a startled Manner.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
Magistrate Hollister was an elderly gentleman with a cast iron jaw and a glance as cold as a bucket of snow.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
The cast-iron effect comes out of his shoulders, the wooden look from his face.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
The old railings around St. Paul's were cast in Sussex; and iron fire-backs were turned out in great numbers.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
In one of them reindeer meat was boiling in a cast-iron pot over the fire.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
This product is softer and darker in color and is called gray cast iron.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
He drags him about all over town, as if the boy were cast iron.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
The eccentric-strap and flywheel are cast iron, and the other portions of the engine are of brass.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
The cast-iron pipes of the lowest octave of the 32-ft.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
Fire tests of cast iron columns, made by order of the city authorities of Hamburg, are described in recent issues of the Deutsche Bauzeitung.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1157, March 5, 1898" by Various
The old gardener came up eagerly; and one of his cast-iron grins expanded his face as he grasped the situation.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
The parapet is of granite, decorated by cast-iron standard lamps.
"Westminster" by Sir Walter Besant
Use about the same surface speed as would be employed for turning cast iron.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Why, confound his cast-iron cheek!
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
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In poetry:

And then those heavy iron chests
With desperate strength took he,
And ten of the strongest mariners
Did cast them into the sea.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
Such was his lot, to front the storm
With iron heart and marble brow,
Nor ripen till his earthly form
Was cast from life’s autumnal bough.
"The New Eden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh think, e'er the moment of thinking is past,
And chains of the mighty upon thee are cast!
Return—ere the iron shall enter thy soul,
And the dregs of thy life—a curse on the bowl.
"Farewell The Bowl" by John Pierpont
Prepare, prepare the iron helm of war,
Bring forth the lots, cast in the spacious orb;
Th' Angel of Fate turns them with mighty hands,
And casts them out upon the darken'd earth!
Prepare, prepare!
"A War Song to Englishmen" by William Blake
If the future's black as thunder, don't let people see you're blue;
Just cultivate a cast-iron smile of joy the whole day through;
If they call you "Little Sunshine", wish that THEY'D no troubles, too —
You may — grin.
"Grin" by Robert W Service
Worse iron is waiting. Power-lift kneels
Levers awake imprisoned deadweight,
Shackle-pins bedded in cast-iron cow-shit.
The blind and vibrating condemned obedience
Of iron to the cruelty of iron,
Wheels screeched out of their night-locks -
"Tractor" by Ted Hughes

In news:

When Hunter Ulf bought his home in North Pomfret 21 years ago, it came with a cast iron cook stove and about two tons of coal .
Jonathon Sawyer uses his grandmother's old Griswold cast-iron pan to cook these crispy potato pancakes, which he amps up with tangy sauerkraut, fresh dill and caraway.
Use cast iron pans instead of nonstick.
We've always delighted in the continued survival of cast-iron "twin-mast" lamps on Fifth Avenue, which are one of the true icons of Gotham.
We've always delighted in the continued survival of cast-iron "twin-mast" lamps on Fifth Avenue , which are one of the true icons of Gotham.
In the continuation of our breakfast quest using a 12-inch, cast-iron skillet, I combined a recipe I found online with a few ingredients from our well-stocked frugal pantry and fridge.
Grill on cast iron skillet until desired temperature.
Gas company UGI has come under fire from regulators, lawmakers and people who live above the company's old cast iron gas lines.
In fact, CVD-coated inserts are recommended over PVD-coated inserts for turning, milling or drilling steels and cast irons.
Veteran Chinese screen star Wang Xueqi has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3.
Bachmann Casts Herself As Thatcher-Style ' Iron Lady ' In Last Iowa Ad.
' Iron Man 3' Chinese casting could help pic's Mainland prospects.
Marvel has added leading Chinese actor Wang Xueqi to the cast of Robert Downey Jr starrer " Iron Man 3," putting the film one step closer to playing on Chinese screens.
We've always delighted in the continued survival of cast-iron "twin- mast " lamps on Fifth Avenue, which are one of the true icons of Gotham.
PowerLift System plus Cast-Iron Router Extension Table (for a tablesaw), #2202, $610.
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In science:

At the top level, we may isolate some cast-iron predictions of inflation independently of its concrete realizations.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
If they are seen, it seems likely to be impossible to make them with inflation alone, though I am not aware of a cast-iron proof.
Observational tests of inflation
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