in·​got ˈiŋ-gət How to pronounce ingot (audio)
: a mass of metal cast into a convenient shape for storage or transportation to be later processed
: a mold in which metal is cast

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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).

Examples of ingot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Currently, no silicon ingots or wafers are made in the U.S. Jeff Amy, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2023 Induction Heaters The industrial processes that heat aluminum ingots, forge nonferrous metals, and smelt high-end alloys are extremely energy intensive. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Sep. 2023 With conventional induction heating, these currents are slow to penetrate the ingot. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Sep. 2023 At recycling plants, lead is removed from batteries, ground up, melted and turned into ingots that are used to make new batteries. Steve Fisher Alejandro Cegarra, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2023 The biggest blunder arguably came in 2011, when technicians took a photograph of eight ingots of plutonium lined up side-by-side on a work table to impress their bosses. Time, 24 July 2023 Russian media outlets published Wednesday video of apparent raids into Prigozhin's office and palatial house, showing bags of cash in different currencies, gold ingots, assault rifles, ammunition and several passports with his photo and different identities. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 7 July 2023 The indictment provided a long list of property that prosecutors have requested permission to seize, including 15 properties, 15 luxury cars, two metal ingots and a medal, as well as bitcoin, the virtual currency, worth about $385,000. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 20 June 2023 Archaeo-metallurgists studying Uluburun ingots identified the Mediterranean’s Bronze Age tin supply chain. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of ingot was in the 14th century

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“Ingot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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in·​got ˈiŋ-gət How to pronounce ingot (audio)
: a mass of metal cast into a shape that is easy to handle or store

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