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Iron (monosyll. in John IV, 1, 120. IV, 2, 194. R3 V, 3, 110) 1) the hard metal Ferrum: Pilgr. 88. Ado IV, 1, 153. Shr. II, 147. John IV, 1, 67. IV, 2, 194. Troil. III, 2, 186. Cor. IV, 5, 235. Caes. I, 3, 94. “strike now, or else the i. cools,” H6C V, 1, 49. Used as a symbol of hardheartedness: “you draw not i., for my heart is true as steel,” Mids. II, 1, 196. “with an aspect of i.” H5 V, 2, 245. “i. of Naples hid with English gilt,” H6C II, 2, 139. “hearts of i.” H8 III, 2, 425.
2) any thing made of iron: “heat me these --s,” John IV, 1, 1. John IV, 1, 1 John IV, 1, 1 John IV, 1, 1 John IV, 1, 1 John IV, 1, 1 John IV, 1, 1 “a great deal of old i.” H6A I, 2, 101. “--s of a doit,” Cor. I, 5, 7. “the wrenching i.” Rom. V, 3, 22. “ne'er wore i. on his heel,” Cymb. IV, 4, 40. --s == chains: Tim. III, 5, 50. Denoting particularly weapons, offensive and defensive: “runs not this speech like i. through your blood?” Ado V, 1, 252. “put up your i.” Tw. IV, 1, 42. “bind my brows with i.” H4B I, 1, 150. H5 II, 1, 8. III, 7, 161. H6A IV, 3, 20. H6B IV, 10, 30. R3 V, 3, 110.* Troil. II, 3, 18. Ant. IV, 4, 3.
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