blast furnace


Definition of blast furnace

: a furnace in which combustion is forced by a current of air under pressure especially : one for the reduction of iron ore

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Recent Examples on the Web Another would use hydrogen to remove impurities from iron without using a blast furnace. Maitane Sardon, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Hydrogen can burn hot enough to run a blast furnace. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 Up here, the body’s caloric requirements resemble those of a blast furnace, and so the evenings were devoted to chow; to working our way through a case of wine and kicking back, listening to one another’s tales. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, 6 Dec. 2020 Rather than pay prevailing wages to construction workers building the first blast furnace, the company built them a bunk house and hired a cook so the workers could live there. Karen Caffarini,, 9 Oct. 2020 Although the surface of Venus is like a blast furnace, a cloud layer just 31 miles below the top of its atmosphere may reach temperatures as low as 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and has a pressure similar to that at ground level on Earth. Shannon Stirone, Star Tribune, 14 Sep. 2020 He also was involved in the manufacture of charcoal, chemicals and pig iron (product of a blast furnace then made into cast iron by removing impurities). Linda Gandee, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2020 The rest of the industry employs blast furnaces, huge and temperamental machines fed round-the-clock with iron ore, coking coal and other ingredients., 5 May 2020 Just a few blocks from the rusted 16-story blast furnaces that once fired hulking steel beams for the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge, OraSure Technologies each day produces thousands of thumbnail-size pads made to spit on. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of blast furnace

1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Blast furnace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blast furnace

: a large structure in which rock containing a metal is melted so that the metal can be separated from the rock

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