Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Well, you helped me to iron out some of the inconsistencies of my own.

He drew an iron out from amongst the litter under the bed, and held it up.

"No kinks but what will iron out at once," chuckled Treadwell.

I have looked at last a little cubic inch of iron out of countenance.

Then he would pull himself together, iron out his countenance with a smile, and adjust himself to the new condition of things.

A piece of metal may best serve for illustration, such as the iron out of which we form so many of our industrial implements.

Even tempered and with an efficient way of getting things done, one always could depend on him to iron out friction.

Rip old lining and back out of right side, and iron out smooth for a pattern.

The whole purpose of the rest of the manipulation is to absorb or "iron out" the lump at the joint.

But though the alphabetical roller irons out our names in rows, it does not iron out our tastes and personalities.


Old English isærn (with Middle English rhotacism of -s-) "the metal iron; an iron weapon," from Proto-Germanic *isarnan (cf. Old Saxon isarn, Old Norse isarn, Middle Dutch iser, Old High German isarn, German Eisen) "holy metal" or "strong metal" (in contrast to softer bronze) probably an early borrowing of Celt. *isarnon (cf. Old Irish iarn, Welsh haiarn), from PIE *is-(e)ro- "powerful, holy," from PIE *eis "strong" (cf. Sanskrit isirah "vigorous, strong," Greek ieros "strong").

Chemical symbol Fe is from the Latin word for the metal, ferrum (see ferro-). Meaning "metal device used to press or smooth clothes" is from 1610s. The adjective is Old English iren, isern. To have (too) many irons in the fire "to be doing too much at once" is from 1540s. Iron lung "artificial respiration tank" is from 1932.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.