Parts of an Iron and How It Works

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Parts of an Iron and How It Works
Ever seen your mom or grandmother use an iron to get wrinkles out of clothes?
An iron is a machine that does that. It has a flat metal base. You can use an iron for small or large pieces of clothes or material. The iron is run by electricity. Some irons use steam. The outside of the iron only gets hot on the base at the bottom.
You set the temperature on the control after it is plugged in. The electricity heats up a (metalbimetallic strip making it expand and hit the fixed contact, that does not move. This makes the heat.
The iron will get very hot. It is important not to ever touch the base of the iron when it is on or right after using it.
By pressing the iron on the clothes or material and moving it back and forth slowly, wrinkles will go away.
If your iron has a steam setting, add water before plugging it in. Then press the steam button when heated and steam will flow out to reduce wrinkles faster.
An iron runs by electricity, heats up and helps get wrinkles out of clothes or material.

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Wrinkle : a slight line or fold in something, especially fabric or the skin of the face

Iron : a strong, hard magnetic silvery-gray metal, the chemical element of atomic number 26, much used as a material for construction and manufacturing, especially in the form of steel.

Electricity : a form of energy resulting from the existence of charged particles (such as electrons or protons), either statically as an accumulation of charge or dynamically as a current.

Heat : the quality of being hot; high temperature

Metal : a solid material that is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g., iron, gold, silver, copper, and aluminum, and alloys such as brass and steel)

Base : the lowest part or edge of something, especially the part on which it rests or is supported

Material : the matter from which a thing is or can be made

Button : a small disk or knob sewn on to a garment, either to fasten it by being pushed through a slit made for the purpose or for decoration

Temperature : the degree or intensity of heat present in a substance or object, especially as expressed according to a comparative scale and shown by a thermometer or perceived by touch.

Strip : remove all coverings from


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