One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A block of steel, gold, silver, or other metal, typically oblong in shape.
block, slab, cake, tablet, brick, loaf, wedge, lump, chunk, hunk, cube, nugget, pieceView synonyms
- ‘Sheffield plate was discovered in 1742 by Thomas Boulsover, who was able to fuse sheets of sterling silver onto copper ingots.’
- ‘Copper and steel ingots can be found, though no longer in any quantity.’
- ‘Lodge cast-iron is made from ‘pig-iron ingot and scrap steel converted back into iron.’’
- ‘A bit farther on, glowing one-ton ingots of steel thunder down rollers to be pressed into thin sheets.’
- ‘The basic form of processed gold is gold bullion, and ingots or bars of bullion would be used for very large transactions.’
- ‘The steel is cast in ingots, and the ingots are rolled on a slabbing mill or a blooming mill into slabs or sheet bars.’
- ‘The king has a rich treasure of coins and gold ingots.’
- ‘In some southern areas of China they are made in the shape of the gold and silver ingots (yuan bao) that were used as money in ancient China; this augurs good fortune as well as good eating.’
- ‘During the 1849 California gold rush, they began trading gold ingots.’
- ‘They were astonished to find stacks of gold ingots higher than their heads and reported this to their superiors.’
- ‘For these reasons acid steel is considered better than basic for certain purposes, such as large forging ingots and ball bearing steel.’
- ‘Silver processing was taking place on the site and the bulk of the silver objects are ingots, rather than chopped up brooch-pins or arm rings.’
- ‘Oscillator was then placed over the plate and a number of mild steel ingots were placed on the top of the oscillator to provide required static weight.’
- ‘The first form of Sheffield Plate was arrived at by binding, with a brass wire, an ingot of silver to an ingot of copper which was hardened with about 25 percent brass alloy.’
- ‘The large vessels travelled long distances in the Mediterranean, conveying large cargoes of wine and oil in amphorae and other bulk products, such as metal ingots or fine pottery.’
- ‘A mere 17 gold bars, 30 silver ingots and 14,929 sovereigns were unaccounted for.’
- ‘However, the rolling machinery that turned slabs of steel into plates and ingots was the main source of accidents in which men were caught in machinery.’
- ‘According to sources in the industry, the prices of steel ingots have come down to Rs 23,000 from Rs 24,500.’
- ‘The result is that Cuba's territorial waters are a treasure diver's dream, covering fortunes in Spanish gold and silver, ingots, coins and jewellery.’
- ‘For competing athletes, the concept is simple: win your discipline at five of the seven Golden League events and share a jackpot of 50 kg of gold ingots.’
Late Middle English (denoting a mould in which metal is cast): perhaps from in + Old English goten, past participle of geotan ‘pour, cast’.
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