ironclad
I. adjective Date: circa 1847 1. sheathed in iron armor — used especially of naval vessels 2. so firm or secure as to be unbreakable: as a. binding <
an ironclad oath
>
b. having no obvious weakness <
an ironclad case against the defendant
>
II. noun Date: 1862 an armored naval vessel especially of the mid to late 19th century

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ironclad — [ī′ərnklad΄] adj. 1. covered or protected with iron 2. difficult to change or break [an ironclad lease] n. a warship of the 19th cent. armored with thick iron plates …   English World dictionary

  • Ironclad — I ron*clad , n. A naval vessel having the parts above water covered and protected by iron or steel usually in large plates closely joined and made sufficiently thick and strong to resist heavy shot. Modern naval vessels are made of steel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • ironclad — (adj.) 1852, of warships, American English, from IRON (Cf. iron) (n.) + CLAD (Cf. clad). Of contracts, etc., 1884. As a noun meaning iron clad ship, it is attested from 1862 …   Etymology dictionary

  • ironclad — [adj] fixed, rigid abiding, agreed, arranged, certain, changeless, confirmed, definite, determinate, enduring, firm, inflexible, in the bag*, planned, prearranged, settled, stated, stubborn, sure, unalterable, uncompromising, unwavering; concepts …   New thesaurus

  • Ironclad — La primera batalla entre ironclads: CSS Virginia (izquierda) contra el USS Monitor, en el año 1862 en la Batalla de Hampton Roads. Un ironclad o nave acorazada fue un tipo de buque de guerra propulsado por vapor de finales del siglo XIX, que… …   Wikipedia Español

  • ironclad — adj. /uy euhrn klad /; n. /uy euhrn klad /, adj. 1. covered or cased with iron plates, as a ship for naval warfare; armor plated. 2. very rigid or exacting; inflexible; unbreakable: an ironclad contract. n. 3. a wooden warship of the middle or… …   Universalium

  • Ironclad — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Ironclad ou Iron clad est une opération majeure (5 7 mai 1942) de la bataille de Madagascar (ou bataille de Diego Suarez, 5 mai au 8 novembre 1942).… …   Wikipédia en Français

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