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

Definition of ingot

1 : a mass of metal cast into a convenient shape for storage or transportation to be later processed
2 : 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 In 2001, an 80-pound ingot was bought by a private collector for a record $8 million. CBS News, 1 Aug. 2022 Employees at a plant of Russian palladium supplier Krastsvetmet shaped a palladium ingot in 2019. Asa Fitch, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 The hearing came just days after a massive ingot from the shipwreck sold at auction for over $2 million. CBS News, 25 Jan. 2022 Since then, Rehren and colleagues have found similar evidence of glassmaking and ingot production at other sites, including the ancient desert city of Tell el-Amarna, known as Amarna for short, briefly the capital of Akhenaton during the 1300s BCE. Carolyn Wilke, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 At Qantir, Egyptian Egyptologist Mahmoud Hamza even unearthed a large corroded red glass ingot in the 1920s. Carolyn Wilke, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 But some crucibles were dark red or black, suggesting they’d been heated to at least 1,000 degrees Celsius, a high enough temperature to finish melting the glass and color it evenly to produce a glass ingot. Carolyn Wilke, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 Alaska Airlines celebrated by offering its May passengers on the route a five-gram gold ingot. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 That wastes less material than the traditional approach, which entails slicing the wafer from a solid ingot of silicon., 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ingot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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4 Aug 2022

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“Ingot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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

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