pig iron

noun

Definition of pig iron

: crude iron that is the direct product of the blast furnace and is refined to produce steel, wrought iron, or ingot iron

Examples of pig iron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since coal fires required a different sort of cookware, investment poured into brass and iron, hastening the development of pig iron—hastening, that is, the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘The Domestic Revolution’ Review: Setting the Future on Fire," 7 Oct. 2020 He also was involved in the manufacture of charcoal, chemicals and pig iron (product of a blast furnace then made into cast iron by removing impurities). Linda Gandee, cleveland, "‘Father of air mail’ honored with historical marker in Elyria," 7 Sep. 2020 Chairman Mao decreed that China should produce more steel: as a result, much of the country’s existing stocks of the metal were melted down in backyard furnaces which produced poor quality pig iron. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 The land, which includes 14 freshwater springs, borders Craig Creek and also includes the Grace Furnace, a historic pig iron facility that likely provided iron ore for munitions during the Civil War. USA TODAY, "Lighthouse in peril, Wizard Rock, cable a la carte: News from around our 50 states," 4 Nov. 2019 The trenches resembled a litter of suckling piglets, and thus a nickname was born: pig iron. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 There's a blast furnace, but there is also the production of pig iron, an intermediate product; the continuous caster, which creates large slabs; and the rolling mill, which flattens those slabs to a customer's specifications. Glenn Kessler, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump announces a major U.S. Steel expansion that isn't happening," 28 June 2018 There’s a blast furnace, but there is also the production of pig iron, an intermediate product; the continuous caster, which creates large slabs; and the rolling mill, which flattens those slabs to a customer’s specifications. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "President Trump announces a major U.S. Steel expansion — that isn’t happening," 28 June 2018 Steel Dynamics, which has facilities located in the U.S. and in Mexico, produces steel products, liquid pig iron, and processes and sells ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Steel Dynamics Gets Boost From Improved Demand for Steel," 19 Apr. 2018

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1665, in the meaning defined above

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“Pig iron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pig%20iron. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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