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noun     iron pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a hard heavy metal that is a common element. It is used for making steel and is also used in many types of machine and building structures.
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    [countable] an object with a flat metal base that is heated and used for making clothes smooth
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    [countable] a golf club with a metal end for hitting the ball
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    [plural] mainly literary chains fitted round the arms or legs of prisoners to prevent them from escaping
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    a gun, or other weaponSubmitted from United Kingdom on 22/05/2013


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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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