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[ing-guh t]
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  1. a mass of metal cast in a convenient form for shaping, remelting, or refining.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make ingots of; shape into ingots.
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Origin of ingot

1350–1400; Middle English: literally, (something) poured in, equivalent to in- in-1 + got(e) a stream, Old English *gota, akin to gēotan to flow; cognate with German giessen, Gothic giutan, Old Norse gjōta to pour
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Related Words for ingot

mold, bar, block

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Historical Examples of ingot

  • On the heath of Poligny a man had formerly found an ingot of gold.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

  • The pile or ingot on the porter-bar seems to him to have doubled in weight.

  • The 39 in a hundred and three drawings—its an ingot of gold!

  • I am not alluding to your wit; a fly does not seek to raise an ingot of gold!

  • An ingot on top of the pile was jarred from its place and crashed to the floor.

British Dictionary definitions for ingot


  1. a piece of cast metal obtained from a mould in a form suitable for storage, transporting, and further use
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  1. (tr) to shape (metal) into ingots
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Word Origin for ingot

C14: perhaps from in- ² + Old English goten, past participle of geotan to pour
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Word Origin and History for ingot


late 14c., "mold in which metal is cast," probably from in- (2) "in" + Old English goten, past participle of geotan "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Sense of "mass of cast metal" first attested early 15c.

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