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iron +‎ bound


ironbound (comparative more ironbound, superlative most ironbound)

  1. Bound as if with iron; rugged.
    an ironbound coast
  2. rigid; unyielding
    ironbound traditions

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for ironbound in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)