from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mass of metal, such as a bar or block, that is cast in a standard shape for convenient storage or shipment.
  • noun A casting mold for metal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mold into which to pour metals; an ingot-mold.
  • noun A mass of metal cast in a mold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete That in which metal is cast; a mold.
  • noun A bar or wedge of steel, gold, or other malleable metal, cast in a mold; a mass of unwrought cast metal.
  • noun a box or mold in which ingots are cast.
  • noun See Decarbonized steel, under Decarbonize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun metal that is cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, mold for casting metal : perhaps from in-, in; see in– + 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), from Old Provençal, from lenga, tongue (in reference to the elongated shape of medieval ingots), from Latin lingua; see language).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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