Bessemer process

  1. a process of producing steel, in which impurities are removed by forcing a blast of air through molten iron.

Origin of Bessemer process

First recorded in 1855–60; after H. Bessemer

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How to use Bessemer process in a sentence

  • Nothing but books, and literally tons of them on everything from languages to philosophy, from farming to the Bessemer process.

    Tillie | Roger Phillips Graham
  • The Bessemer process makes enormous masses of steel and makes it very cheaply; but it has one fault—it is too quick.

    Diggers in the Earth | Eva March Tappan
  • But there was nothing to be compared with the solid steel article which the Bessemer process produced.

  • Further purification is commonly carried on by a process very similar to the Bessemer process for steel.

  • The Bessemer process was used much more extensively upon the Continent than in this country in the manufacture of castings.

British Dictionary definitions for Bessemer process

Bessemer process

  1. (formerly) a process for producing steel by blowing air through molten pig iron at about 1250°C in a Bessemer converter: silicon, manganese, and phosphorus impurities are removed and the carbon content is controlled

  2. a similar process for removing sulphur and iron from copper matte

Origin of Bessemer process

C19: named after Sir Henry Bessemer (1813–98), English engineer

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Scientific definitions for Bessemer process

Bessemer process

[ bĕsə-mər ]

  1. A method for making steel by forcing compressed air through molten iron to burn out carbon and other impurities.

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