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
- ‘The steel is cast in ingots, and the ingots are rolled on a slabbing mill or a blooming mill into slabs or sheet bars.’
- ‘A bit farther on, glowing one-ton ingots of steel thunder down rollers to be pressed into thin sheets.’
- ‘According to sources in the industry, the prices of steel ingots have come down to Rs 23,000 from Rs 24,500.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Lodge cast-iron is made from ‘pig-iron ingot and scrap steel converted back into iron.’’
- ‘Copper and steel ingots can be found, though no longer in any quantity.’
- ‘During the 1849 California gold rush, they began trading gold ingots.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Sheffield plate was discovered in 1742 by Thomas Boulsover, who was able to fuse sheets of sterling silver onto copper ingots.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For these reasons acid steel is considered better than basic for certain purposes, such as large forging ingots and ball bearing steel.’
- ‘The basic form of processed gold is gold bullion, and ingots or bars of bullion would be used for very large transactions.’
- ‘The king has a rich treasure of coins and gold ingots.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They were astonished to find stacks of gold ingots higher than their heads and reported this to their superiors.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A mere 17 gold bars, 30 silver ingots and 14,929 sovereigns were unaccounted for.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English (denoting a mold in which metal is cast): perhaps from in + Old English goten, past participle of geotan ‘pour, cast’.
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