in·​got | \ ˈiŋ-gət How to pronounce ingot (audio) \

Definition of ingot

1 : a mold in which metal is cast
2 : a mass of metal cast into a convenient shape for storage or transportation to be later processed

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An ingot is a mass of metal that has been cast into a size and shape (such as a bar, plate, or sheet) that is convenient to store, transport, and work into a semi-finished or finished product. The term also refers to a mold in which metal is so cast. Steel ingots range in size from small rectangular blocks weighing a few pounds (or kilograms) to huge, tapered, octagonal masses weighing more than 500 tons (450 metric tons).

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with gold ingots at a 2018 cryptocurrency conference in Caracas. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela’s Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished," 18 June 2019 When the crucibles cooled, ingots of pure steel lay inside. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The ingots that emerged from the smelter were more uniform, stronger, and less brittle–the best steel that Europe, and perhaps the world, had ever seen. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Chilean seabass proved that point, a glazed ingot of pearled fish with overtones of pineapple and citrus resting on fried rice with lump crab. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: McAdoo’s Seafood rides a strong wave in New Braunfels," 10 May 2018 Bound aluminum ingots at a foundry in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, operated by United Co. Rusal. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Metal Buyers Race to Secure Supplies Ahead of Tariff Decision," 28 Apr. 2018 Before creation itself, there were six singularities, then the universe exploded into existence and the remnants of this system were forged into ingots. Gary Thompson,, "What are the infinity stones that drive the plot of 'Avengers: Infinity War'?," 25 Apr. 2018 The Aviator concept’s grille is spectacular, made up of little chrome ingots jutting out from the now familiar Lincoln nose. Car and Driver, "Lincoln Aviator Concept," 29 Mar. 2018 For now, the company churns out only a few ingots per day, far from the 50,000 metric tons it's vowed to produce by 2022 - about 4.5 percent of global primary production in 2017. Sandrine Rastello And Natalie Obiko Pearson,, "Town built on asbestos may find new life in by-product of deadly mineral," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ingot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ingot

Middle English, perhaps modification of Middle French lingot ingot of metal, incorrectly divided as l'ingot, as if from le the

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Financial Definition of ingot

What It Is

An ingot is a material -- usually metal -- that has been formed into a shape that eases its transportation.

How It Works

Gold nuggets are hard to count, inconvenient to weigh and difficult to transport. Melting the gold and forming it into bars makes things much more convenient. Below is an image of gold ingots from the Federal Reserve.

Note that ingots don't always have to be bars; the idea simply is to condense and organize the material, as many cultures have done for thousands of years.

Why It Matters

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York provides, among other things, gold storage for foreign governments and central banks. This gold is in the form of bars, which allows the bank to weigh it, stack it, and move it easily. In the United States, the Federal Reserve creates gold bars in three locations: Denver, San Francisco and New York. As of 2012, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York housed approximately 530,000 gold bars weighing a total of 6,700 tons. The gold is stored in a series of metal cages, each one dedicated to a separate account holder.

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English Language Learners Definition of ingot

: a solid piece of metal that has been formed into a particular shape (such as a brick) so that it is easy to handle or store


in·​got | \ ˈiŋ-gət How to pronounce ingot (audio) \

Kids Definition of ingot

: a mass of metal cast into a shape that is easy to handle or store

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