Named after Sir Henry Bessemer, the English engineer who invented the process.
- Steel made directly from cast iron by burning out a portion of the carbon and other impurities that the latter contains, through the agency of a blast of air which is forced through the molten metal.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Bessemer steel in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)