1. framework of metal bars used to support burning wood:
- What are usually called dog-irons on the hearth are called brand-irons, having to support the brand or burning log.
2. (dated) a tool used red-hot for branding cattle or implements:
- In one farm, the brand iron did not correspond to the brand registered on the official bulletin of the owner.
branding iron— = brand iron 2:
- The branding iron must burn deep enough to burn the hair and the outer layer of skin.