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

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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 In the jutting chin of the Appalachians, near Alabama’s mineral-rich Red Mountain, men made the pig iron that girded America’s industrial revolution. Marli Guzzetta, WSJ, "A Truly Delicious Long Weekend in Birmingham, Ala.," 21 Sep. 2017

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1665, in the meaning defined above

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