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).

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Recent Examples on the Web Last year, the Durham Constabulary reported that, in raids of several properties in the North of England, a silver ingot and a large number of Anglo-Saxon coins had been recovered, including some minted by Alfred the Great and Ceolwulf II. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2020 The merger created a monopoly initially constituting two-thirds of steel ingot production. George L. Priest, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2020 Rather than testifying to the governor’s personal influence, the inscription is more broadly indicative of the bureaucratic order that marshalled the labor required to produce the ingot. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2020 After Rob Jones, the local man who unearthed the ingot, notified authorities of his find, officials from the Wrexham Museum and the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust worked to identify it. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2020 The gas cap, which looks like an ingot, is in fact plastic. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 7 July 2020 The slurry’s job was to shape and mold chunks of uranium called ingots., 17 Mar. 2020 Earlier this month, scientists in Mexico City confirmed that a gold bar found on a construction site is one of the ingots discarded by Cortés and his fleeing conquistadors almost exactly 500 years ago. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2020 To either add salt to the slurry or to drop in the ingots, a hefty hoist had to lift off the hefty lid., 17 Mar. 2020

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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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“Ingot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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