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     ( ironing boards    plural  ) An ironing board is a long narrow board covered with cloth on which you iron clothes.      n-count  
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iron     ( irons    plural & 3rd person present)   ( ironing          present participle)   ( ironed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   Iron is an element which usually takes the form of a hard, dark grey metal. It is used to make steel, and also forms part of many tools, buildings, and vehicles. Very small amounts of iron occur in your blood and in food.  
oft N n  
The huge, iron gate was locked., ...the highest grade iron ore deposits in the world...     
    cast-iron  
2       n-count   An iron is an electrical device with a flat metal base. You heat it until the base is hot, then rub it over clothes to remove creases.  
3       verb   If you iron clothes, you remove the creases from them using an iron.  
She used to iron his shirts...      V n  
...a freshly ironed shirt.      V-ed  
   ironing             n-uncount  
I managed to get all the ironing done this morning.     
4       adj   You can use iron to describe the character or behaviour of someone who is very firm in their decisions and actions, or who can control their feelings well.  
ADJ n  
...a man of icy nerve and iron will...     
5       adj   Iron is used in expressions such as an iron hand and iron discipline to describe strong, harsh, or unfair methods of control which do not allow people much freedom.  
ADJ n  
He died in 1985 after ruling Albania with an iron fist for 40 years.     
6    If someone has a lot of irons in the fire, they are involved in several different activities or have several different plans.  
irons in the fire      phrase   iron out      phrasal verb   If you iron out difficulties, you resolve them and bring them to an end.   (=smooth out)  
It was in the beginning, when we were still ironing out problems...      V P n (not pron)  


ironing board        ( ironing boards    plural  ) An ironing board is a long narrow board covered with cloth on which you iron clothes.      n-count  

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n.
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
n.
Any person, including a captain, who is employed or engaged or works in any capacity on board a ship and whose normal place of work is on a ship.
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Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly—sometimes called "Assisted Living" or "Board and Care" facilities
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game of power inside a company's board or management team
[Leg.];[Bus.]
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