1. A mass of metal, such as a bar or block, that is cast in a standard shape for convenient storage or shipment.
2. A casting mold for metal.
[Middle English, mold for casting metal : perhaps from 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), from Old Provençal, from lenga, tongue (in reference to the elongated shape of medieval ingots), from Latin lingua; see LANGUAGE).]
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