from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lead in pigs; lead in the form in which it is ordinarily offered for sale after reduction from the ore.


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  • Fabulous, desirable cargoes presented with a soft sheen, against practical pig-lead dirty against the waves.


  • You that will have all solid, and a world of pig-lead, deceive yourselves grossly.

    Representative Men

  • She is ballasted with utilities; not altogether with unusable pig-lead and kentledge.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • While his diving-bell boat was building, a barge loaded with pig-lead sank in the rapids at Keokuk,

    James B. Eads

  • The purport of such works is the conversion of pig-lead into white-lead.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

  • For, upon the great canal of Hang-Ho, or whatever they call it, in China, four or five laborers on the foot-path will draw a bulky freighted junk at the rate of a mile an hour; but this grand argosy we towed heavily forged along, as if laden with pig-lead in bulk.

    Moby-Dick, or, The Whale

  • * At about the third rehearsal of a new play our actresses bring the author's words into their heads, our actors are still all abroad, and at the first performance the breaks-down are sure to be among the males; the female jumenta carry their burden (be it of pig-lead) safe from wing to wing.

    Love Me Little, Love Me Long

  • The purport of such works is the conversion of pig-lead into white - lead.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

  • The price of pig-lead was L1 1s. per cwt; and lead of the value of L1 sterling, became worth, when manufactured into

    On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures

  • After getting rid of some of our ballast, however, and changing the cargo of pig-lead, our vessel was easier, and did not go in.

    Ned Myers or, a Life Before the Mast


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  • See also piglead. Citation on argosy.

    July 26, 2008