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crucible

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noun cru·ci·ble \ˈkrü-sə-bəl\

Simple Definition of crucible

  • : a pot in which metals or other substances are heated to a very high temperature or melted

  • : a difficult test or challenge

  • : a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions

Full Definition of crucible

  1. 1 :  a vessel of a very refractory material (as porcelain) used for melting and calcining a substance that requires a high degree of heat

  2. 2 :  a severe test

  3. 3 :  a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development <conditioned by having grown up within the crucible of Chinatown — Tom Wolfe>

Examples of crucible

  1. He's ready to face the crucible of the Olympics.

  2. His character was formed in the crucible of war.



Origin of crucible

Middle English corusible, from Medieval Latin crucibulum earthen pot for melting metals


First Known Use: 15th century

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CRUCIBLE Defined for Kids

crucible

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noun cru·ci·ble \ˈkrü-sə-bəl\

Definition of crucible

  1. :  a pot in which metals or other substances are heated to a very high temperature or melted




Medical Dictionary

crucible

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noun cru·ci·ble \ˈkrü-sə-bəl\

Medical Definition of crucible

  1. :  a vessel of a very refractory material (as porcelain) used for melting and calcining a substance that requires a high degree of heat





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