Pig iron
Pig Pig, n. [Cf. D. big, bigge, LG. bigge, also Dan. pige girl, Sw. piga, Icel. p[=i]ka.] 1. The young of swine, male or female; also, any swine; a hog. ``Two pigges in a poke.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any wild species of the genus {Sus} and related genera. [1913 Webster]

3. [Cf. {Sow} a channel for melted iron.] An oblong mass of cast iron, lead, or other metal. See {Mine pig}, under {Mine}. [1913 Webster]

4. One who is hoggish; a greedy person. [Low] [1913 Webster]

{Masked pig}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Masked}.

{Pig bed} (Founding), the bed of sand in which the iron from a smelting furnace is cast into pigs.

{Pig iron}, cast iron in pigs, or oblong blocks or bars, as it comes from the smelting furnace. See {Pig}, 4.

{Pig yoke} (Naut.), a nickname for a quadrant or sextant.

{A pig in a poke} (that is, bag), a blind bargain; something bought or bargained for, without the quality or the value being known. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Pig iron — Iron I ron ([imac] [u^]rn), n. [OE. iren, AS. [=i]ren, [=i]sen, [=i]sern; akin to D. ijzer, OS. [=i]sarn, OHG. [=i]sarn, [=i]san, G. eisen, Icel. [=i]sarn, j[=a]rn, Sw. & Dan. jern, and perh. to E. ice; cf. Ir. iarann, W. haiarn, Armor. houarn.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pig iron — n. [see PIG, n. 4] crude iron, as it comes from the blast furnace …   English World dictionary

  • pig iron — pig .iron n [U] a form of iron that is not pure …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pig iron — pig ,iron noun uncount iron that has not been treated to make it more pure …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pig iron — ► NOUN ▪ crude iron as first obtained from a smelting furnace …   English terms dictionary

  • Pig iron — Pig iron. См. Чугуная чушка. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Pig iron — [ thumb|300px|Two pig iron weights for use in a theatrefly system.] [ puddling process of smelting iron ore to make wrought iron from pig iron, the right half of the illustration (not shown) displays men working a blast furnace, Tiangong Kaiwu… …   Wikipedia

  • pig iron — noun crude iron tapped from a blast furnace • Hypernyms: ↑iron, ↑Fe, ↑atomic number 26 • Hyponyms: ↑basic iron, ↑cinder pig, ↑mine pig, ↑spiegeleisen, ↑spiegel, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pig iron — /ˈpɪg aɪən/ (say pig uyuhn) noun 1. iron produced in a blast furnace, poured into special moulds in preparation for making wrought iron, cast iron, or steel. 2. iron in the unrefined state, before conversion into steel, alloys, etc. Also, pig… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pig iron — the product of the blast furnace. The term was derived from the method of casting the bars of the pig iron in depressions or molds formed in the sand floor adjacent to the furnace. These were connected to a runner (known as a sow) and when filled …   Mechanics glossary

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