Bessemer process

noun

Bes·​se·​mer process ˈbe-sə-mər- How to pronounce Bessemer process (audio)
: a process of making steel from pig iron by burning out carbon and other impurities by means of a blast of air forced through the molten metal

Examples of Bessemer process in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between 1864 and 1876, 13 Bessemer process factories were built in the U.S. as American steel production expanded 87-fold. Willy Shih, Forbes, 10 July 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Sir Henry Bessemer

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bessemer process was in 1856

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“Bessemer process.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bessemer%20process. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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Bessemer process

noun
: a process of making steel from pig iron by burning out impurities (as carbon) by means of a blast of air forced through the hot liquid metal

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