blast furnace

noun

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

Examples of blast furnace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blast furnace of volcanoes has fallen silent, replaced by a cheery chorus of birdsong trilling from the branches and echoing through a garden of stone. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 The Japanese steelmaker, which operates 11 blast furnaces, expects to improve the efficiency of U.S. Steel’s furnaces while also reducing their carbon footprint, the person said. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 The old council chamber, built in the shape of a blast furnace, was now a lecture hall. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Bethlehem Steel was once a symbol of American manufacturing might, the output of its blast furnaces used in the construction of the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge. Akayla Gardner, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024 The output of its blast furnaces formed the tanks, planes and aircraft carriers that helped win World War II, as well as the automobiles and appliances that consumers purchased during the postwar boom. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024 These furnaces use electricity to melt scrap steel and other metals as opposed to blast furnaces, which use coke or fossil fuels. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Feb. 2024 Unlike blast furnaces, which must be run continuously, an electric model can be quickly turned on and off to respond to market conditions like electricity prices, implying the need for a smaller work force, analysts say. Stanley Reed Francesca Jones, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2023 The molten metal that emerged from its blast furnaces was molded into the tanks, planes and aircraft carriers that won World War II, as well as the automobiles and appliances that Americans bought in the postwar boom. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blast furnace was in 1706

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“Blast furnace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blast%20furnace. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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blast furnace

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

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