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 for Iron horse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Horse \Horse\ (h[^o]rs), n. [AS. hors; akin to OS. hros, D. &
     OHG. ros, G. ross, Icel. hross; and perh. to L. currere to
     run, E. course, current Cf. Walrus.]
     1. (Zool.) A hoofed quadruped of the genus Equus;
        especially, the domestic horse ({Equus caballus), which
        was domesticated in Egypt and Asia at a very early period.
        It has six broad molars, on each side of each jaw, with
        six incisors, and two canine teeth, both above and below.
        The mares usually have the canine teeth rudimentary or
        wanting. The horse differs from the true asses, in having
        a long, flowing mane, and the tail bushy to the base.
        Unlike the asses it has callosities, or chestnuts, on all
        its legs. The horse excels in strength, speed, docility,
        courage, and nobleness of character, and is used for
        drawing, carrying, bearing a rider, and like purposes.
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     Note: Many varieties, differing in form, size, color, gait,
           speed, etc., are known, but all are believed to have
           been derived from the same original species. It is
           supposed to have been a native of the plains of Central
           Asia, but the wild species from which it was derived is
           not certainly known. The feral horses of America are
           domestic horses that have run wild; and it is probably
           true that most of those of Asia have a similar origin.
           Some of the true wild Asiatic horses do, however,
           approach the domestic horse in several characteristics.
           Several species of fossil ({Equus) are known from the
           later Tertiary formations of Europe and America. The
           fossil species of other genera of the family
           Equid[ae] are also often called horses, in general
           sense.
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     2. The male of the genus Equus, in distinction from the
        female or male; usually, a castrated male.
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     3. Mounted soldiery; cavalry; -- used without the plural
        termination; as, a regiment of horse; -- distinguished
        from foot.
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              The armies were appointed, consisting of twenty-five
              thousand horse and foot.              --Bacon.
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     4. A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a
        clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc.
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     5. A frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers
        were made to ride for punishment.
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     6. Anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a
        horse; a hobby.
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     7. (Mining) A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same
        character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a
        vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse -- said of a
        vein -- is to divide into branches for a distance.
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     8. (Naut.)
        (a) See Footrope, a.
        (b) A breastband for a leadsman.
        (c) An iron bar for a sheet traveler to slide upon.
        (d) A jackstay. --W. C. Russell. --Totten.
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     9. (Student Slang)
        (a) A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or
            examination; -- called also trot, pony, Dobbin.
        (b) Horseplay; tomfoolery.
            [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     10. heroin. [slang]
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     11. horsepower. [Colloq. contraction]
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     Note: Horse is much used adjectively and in composition to
           signify of, or having to do with, a horse or horses,
           like a horse, etc.; as, horse collar, horse dealer or
           horse?dealer, horsehoe, horse jockey; and hence, often
           in the sense of strong, loud, coarse, etc.; as,
           horselaugh, horse nettle or horse-nettle, horseplay,
           horse ant, etc.
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     Black horse, Blood horse, etc. See under Black, etc.
  
     Horse aloes, caballine aloes.
  
     Horse+ant+(Zool.),+a+large+ant+({Formica+rufa">Horse ant (Zool.), a large ant ({Formica rufa); -- called
        also horse emmet.
  
     Horse artillery, that portion of the artillery in which the
        cannoneers are mounted, and which usually serves with the
        cavalry; flying artillery.
  
     Horse balm (Bot.), a strong-scented labiate plant
        ({Collinsonia Canadensis), having large leaves and
        yellowish flowers.
  
     Horse bean (Bot.), a variety of the English or Windsor bean
        ({Faba vulgaris), grown for feeding horses.
  
     Horse boat, a boat for conveying horses and cattle, or a
        boat propelled by horses.
  
     Horse bot. (Zool.) See Botfly, and Bots.
  
     Horse box, a railroad car for transporting valuable horses,
        as hunters. [Eng.]
  
     Horse breaker or Horse trainer, one employed in subduing
        or training horses for use.
  
     Horse car.
         (a) A railroad car drawn by horses. See under Car.
         (b) A car fitted for transporting horses.
  
     Horse cassia (Bot.), a leguminous plant ({Cassia
        Javanica), bearing long pods, which contain a black,
        catharic pulp, much used in the East Indies as a horse
        medicine.
  
     Horse cloth, a cloth to cover a horse.
  
     Horse conch (Zool.), a large, spiral, marine shell of the
        genus Triton. See Triton.
  
     Horse courser.
         (a) One that runs horses, or keeps horses for racing.
             --Johnson.
         (b) A dealer in horses. [Obs.] --Wiseman.
  
     Horse crab (Zool.), the Limulus; -- called also
        horsefoot, horsehoe crab, and king crab.
  
     Horse crevall['e] (Zool.), the cavally.
  
     Horse emmet (Zool.), the horse ant.
  
     Horse finch (Zool.), the chaffinch. [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Horse gentian (Bot.), fever root.
  
     Horse iron (Naut.), a large calking iron.
  
     Horse latitudes, a space in the North Atlantic famous for
        calms and baffling winds, being between the westerly winds
        of higher latitudes and the trade winds. --Ham. Nav.
        Encyc.
  
     Horse mackrel. (Zool.)
         (a) The common tunny ({Orcynus thunnus), found on the
             Atlantic coast of Europe and America, and in the
             Mediterranean.
         (b) The bluefish ({Pomatomus saltatrix).
         (c) The scad.
         (d) The name is locally applied to various other fishes,
             as the California hake, the black candlefish, the
             jurel, the bluefish, etc.
  
     Horse marine (Naut.), an awkward, lubbery person; one of a
        mythical body of marine cavalry. [Slang]
  
     Horse mussel (Zool.), a large, marine mussel ({Modiola
        modiolus), found on the northern shores of Europe and
        America.
  
     Horse nettle (Bot.), a coarse, prickly, American herb, the
        Solanum Carolinense.
  
     Horse parsley. (Bot.) See Alexanders.
  
     Horse purslain (Bot.), a coarse fleshy weed of tropical
        America ({Trianthema monogymnum).
  
     Horse race, a race by horses; a match of horses in running
        or trotting.
  
     Horse racing, the practice of racing with horses.
  
     Horse railroad, a railroad on which the cars are drawn by
        horses; -- in England, and sometimes in the United States,
        called a tramway.
  
     Horse run (Civil Engin.), a device for drawing loaded
        wheelbarrows up an inclined plane by horse power.
  
     Horse sense, strong common sense. [Colloq. U.S.]
  
     Horse soldier, a cavalryman.
  
     Horse sponge (Zool.), a large, coarse, commercial sponge
        ({Spongia equina).
  
     Horse stinger (Zool.), a large dragon fly. [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Horse sugar (Bot.), a shrub of the southern part of the
        United States ({Symplocos tinctoria), whose leaves are
        sweet, and good for fodder.
  
     Horse tick (Zool.), a winged, dipterous insect ({Hippobosca
        equina), which troubles horses by biting them, and
        sucking their blood; -- called also horsefly, horse
        louse, and forest fly.
  
     Horse vetch (Bot.), a plant of the genus Hippocrepis
        ({Hippocrepis comosa), cultivated for the beauty of its
        flowers; -- called also horsehoe vetch, from the
        peculiar shape of its pods.
  
     Iron horse, a locomotive. [Colloq.]
  
     Salt horse, the sailor's name for salt beef.
  
     To look a gift horse in the mouth, to examine the mouth of
        a horse which has been received as a gift, in order to
        ascertain his age; -- hence, to accept favors in a
        critical and thankless spirit. --Lowell.
  
     To take horse.
         (a) To set out on horseback. --Macaulay.
         (b) To be covered, as a mare.
         (c) See definition 7 (above).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Iron \I"ron\ ([imac]"[u^]rn), a. [AS. [imac]ren, [imac]sen. See
     Iron, n.]
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     1. Of, or made of iron; consisting of iron; as, an iron bar,
        dust.
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     2. Resembling iron in color; as, iron blackness.
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     3. Like iron in hardness, strength, impenetrability, power of
        endurance, insensibility, etc.; as:
        (a) Rude; hard; harsh; severe.
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                  Iron years of wars and dangers.   --Rowe.
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                  Jove crushed the nations with an iron rod.
                                                    --Pope.
        (b) Firm; robust; enduring; as, an iron constitution.
        (c) Inflexible; unrelenting; as, an iron will.
        (d) Not to be broken; holding or binding fast; tenacious.
            "Him death's iron sleep oppressed." --Philips.
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     Note: Iron is often used in composition, denoting made of
           iron, relating to iron, of or with iron; producing
           iron, etc.; resembling iron, literally or figuratively,
           in some of its properties or characteristics; as,
           iron-shod, iron-sheathed, iron-fisted, iron-framed,
           iron-handed, iron-hearted, iron foundry or
           iron-foundry.
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     Iron age.
        (a) (Myth.) The age following the golden, silver, and
            bronze ages, and characterized by a general
            degeneration of talent and virtue, and of literary
            excellence. In Roman literature the Iron Age is
            commonly regarded as beginning after the taking of
            Rome by the Goths, A. D. 410.
        (b) (Arch[ae]ol.) That stage in the development of any
            people characterized by the use of iron implements in
            the place of the more cumbrous stone and bronze.
  
     Iron cement, a cement for joints, composed of cast-iron
        borings or filings, sal ammoniac, etc.
  
     Iron clay (Min.), a yellowish clay containing a large
        proportion of an ore of iron.
  
     Iron cross, a German, and before that Prussian, order of
        military merit; also, the decoration of the order.
  
     Iron crown, a golden crown set with jewels, belonging
        originally to the Lombard kings, and indicating the
        dominion of Italy. It was so called from containing a
        circle said to have been forged from one of the nails in
        the cross of Christ.
  
     Iron flint (Min.), an opaque, flintlike, ferruginous
        variety of quartz.
  
     Iron founder, a maker of iron castings.
  
     Iron foundry, the place where iron castings are made.
  
     Iron furnace, a furnace for reducing iron from the ore, or
        for melting iron for castings, etc.; a forge; a
        reverberatory; a bloomery.
  
     Iron glance (Min.), hematite.
  
     Iron hat, a headpiece of iron or steel, shaped like a hat
        with a broad brim, and used as armor during the Middle
        Ages.
  
     Iron horse, a locomotive engine. [Colloq.]
  
     Iron liquor, a solution of an iron salt, used as a mordant
        by dyers.
  
     Iron man (Cotton Manuf.), a name for the self-acting
        spinning mule.
  
     Iron mold or Iron mould, a yellow spot on cloth stained
        by rusty iron.
  
     Iron ore (Min.), any native compound of iron from which the
        metal may be profitably extracted. The principal ores are
        magnetite, hematite, siderite, limonite, G["o]thite,
        turgite, and the bog and clay iron ores.
  
     Iron pyrites (Min.), common pyrites, or pyrite. See
        Pyrites.
  
     Iron sand, an iron ore in grains, usually the magnetic iron
        ore, formerly used to sand paper after writing.
  
     Iron scale, the thin film which forms on the surface of
        wrought iron in the process of forging. It consists
        essentially of the magnetic oxide of iron, Fe3O4.
  
     Iron works, a furnace where iron is smelted, or a forge,
        rolling mill, or foundry, where it is made into heavy
        work, such as shafting, rails, cannon, merchant bar, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  iron horse \i"ron horse`\, n.
     A locomotive; -- an term no longer used. [Obsolete]
     [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  iron horse
      n 1: (c. 1840) an early term for a locomotive

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Iron Horse, CA -- U.S. Census Designated Place in California
     Population (2000):    321
     Housing Units (2000): 148
     Land area (2000):     9.177720 sq. miles (23.770184 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    9.177720 sq. miles (23.770184 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            36735
     Located within:       California (CA), FIPS 06
     Location:             39.789714 N, 120.495605 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Iron Horse, CA
      Iron Horse
  

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