from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mass of metal, such as a bar or block, that is cast in a standard shape for convenient storage or shipment.
- n. A casting mold for metal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A solid block of more or less pure metal, often but not necessarily bricklike in shape and trapezoidal in cross-section, the result of pouring out and cooling molten metal, often immediately after smelting from raw ore or alloying from constituents.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That in which metal is cast; a mold.
- n. A bar or wedge of steel, gold, or other malleable metal, cast in a mold; a mass of unwrought cast metal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mold into which to pour metals; an ingot-mold.
- n. A mass of metal cast in a mold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. metal that is cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling
Middle English, mold for casting metal : probably in-, in; see in-2 + Old English goten, past participle of geotan, to pour, or perhaps from Old French lingot, metal ingot (reinterpreted as l'ingot : le, the + *ingot, ingot).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ingot ("something poured in"), from Old English *ingot, ingyte ("a pouring in, infusion, inspiration"), from Proto-Germanic *in (“in”) + *gutaz, *gutiz (“gush, flow”), from Proto-Germanic *geutanan (“to flow, pour”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰew- (“to pour”), equivalent to in- + gote or in- + yote. Cognate with German Einguss ("in-pouring, sprue"), Swedish ingjut ("in-pouring"), Dutch ingieten ("to pour in"), Scots gote ("drain, ditch, gutter"), Swedish göt ("ingot"). More at gote, goit, yote. (Wiktionary)