Definition of ironmaster in English:



  • A manufacturer of iron, especially (in former times) the proprietor of an ironworks.

    • ‘An event of monumental importance to the ironmasters occurred in 1909 with the creation of the Workington Iron & Steel Company.’
    • ‘France still produced ample wood for charcoal; British ironmasters had to turn to coal.’
    • ‘The grant of a patent in 1723 to the Birmingham ironmaster William Wood, to produce copper coinage for Ireland, raised an outcry in the Dublin press, and violent popular demonstrations.’
    • ‘By about 400 BC a form of mass production had been introduced and individual ironmasters were employing hundreds of workers.’
    • ‘The material's first real trial came in 1779 when an ironmaster named Abraham Darby III completed the world's first iron bridge over the Severn River Gorge near the town of Coalbrookdale in England.’
    • ‘Experiments were undertaken by many ironmasters, including Dud Dudley in the 17th cent., but it was not until the early 18th cent. that Abraham Darby succeeded.’
    • ‘Cushioned by this revival, the port trustees (in which the ironmasters, headed by Cammel's, were well represented) resolved to implement fundamental changes.’
    • ‘The object of incessant carping from the Workington ironmasters, it was not spared the grumbling of the shipping companies that carried ore into the Senhouse Dock.’
    • ‘The great ironmasters of the eighteenth century controlled integrated companies involving all these industries over widespread areas.’
    • ‘Unlike its rival, Maryport had to forward the ore by rail to most of the users, an expensive procedure which did not sit well with the ironmasters.’
    • ‘It is Ruskin's contention that the essential Dickensian hero is the ironmaster.’
    • ‘In some cases father and son teams were ‘head-hunted’ by an ironmaster to kick-start a new forge in a different region.’
    • ‘He was also the physical heir to these circles both through his own family and by his marriage to a granddaughter of the ironmaster Eugène Schneider.’
    • ‘Fortunately for the ironmasters, a new technology, named for its English inventor, Henry Bessemer, became available in the postwar years.’
    • ‘Although a manager himself, he appeared to share the entrepreneur/owner's outlook as expressed by his neighboring ironmaster, William Crawshay II, who wrote to his son in 1860.’
    • ‘The loss of a competent ironmaster (who managed the furnaces) could reduce the efficiency of a plant by a third.’
    • ‘At the age of 15 years, he was apprenticed to an ironmaster's firm in Aberdeen, but a breakdown in health prevented him from continuing this pursuit.’
    • ‘These bars were tested for the correct properties that gave the ironmaster a clue as to when to stop the furnace.’
    • ‘In 1790, Meason, who became the area's leading ironmaster, built Union furnace on Dunbar Creek, along with nearby forges.’
    • ‘Bowring was not a career diplomat, but a West Country ironmaster.’