Ironclad



[adjective ahy-ern-klad; noun ahy-ern-klad] /adjective ˈaɪ ərnˈklæd; noun ˈaɪ ərnˌklæd/

adjective
1.
covered or cased with plates, as a ship for naval warfare; armor-plated.
2.
very rigid or exacting; inflexible; unbreakable:
an ironclad contract.
noun
3.
a wooden warship of the middle or late 19th century having or steel armor plating.
adjective (ˌaɪənˈklæd)
1.
covered or protected with iron: an ironclad warship
2.
inflexible; rigid: an ironclad rule
3.
not able to be assailed or contradicted: an ironclad argument
noun (ˈaɪənˌklæd)
4.
a large wooden 19th-century warship with armoured plating
adj.

1852, of warships, American English, from iron (n.) + clad. Of contracts, etc., 1884. As a noun meaning “iron-clad ship,” it is attested from 1862.

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