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pig iron

iron tapped from a blast furnace and cast into pigs in preparation for conversion into steel, cast iron, or wrought iron.
iron in the chemical state in which it exists when tapped from the blast furnace, without alloying or refinement.
Origin of pig iron
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The anchors and cables were thrown overboard, as she had a large quantity of pig iron aboard.

    Bark Kathleen Sunk By A Whale Thomas H. Jenkins
  • For 1918 the pig iron production of the United States was 39.1 million tons.

    The American Empire Scott Nearing
  • With the ordinary kinds of pig iron early in use, Bessemer's process was powerless.

    The Harris-Ingram Experiment Charles E. Bolton
  • Six of them returned with cargoes of crockery, bar iron, pig iron, and salt.

  • We see, then, how is obtained the pig iron from which the other kinds of iron and steel are made.

  • It will know exactly how many men it will need to manufacture this pig iron.

  • The first heat of pig iron was produced on December 21, 1908, and the first steel ingots early the following year.

    United States Steel Arundel Cotter
  • He reported a cotton blanket and a comfortable made of pig iron.

    The Dual Alliance Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • The first shipment of pig iron of any consequence was made by the Pioneer Company in the fall of 1858.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • Of course a man doesn't care what he pays for his pig iron when he feels like that.

    Abroad at Home Julian Street
British Dictionary definitions for pig iron

pig iron

crude iron produced in a blast furnace and poured into moulds in preparation for making wrought iron, steels, alloys, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pig iron

1660s; see pig (n.) + iron (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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