blast furnace

noun
Updated on: 7 Apr 2018

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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  • : 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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