pig iron


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 Its wood is as hard as pig iron and has been put to such uses as golf club heads and wagon wheel hubs. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 15 Oct. 2021 The new projects are in addition to projects which will expand the production of a another material rich in nickel called nickel pig iron. Tim Treadgold, Forbes, 2 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 4 Nov. 2019 The trenches resembled a litter of suckling piglets, and thus a nickname was born: pig iron. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, 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, 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of pig iron

1665, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2021

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“Pig iron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pig%20iron. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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