forehearth

noun

Definition of forehearth

  1. 1 :  the forward extension of the hearth of a blast furnace under the tymp; also :  a similar extension of any smelting hearth

  2. 2 :  a steel furnace having an attachment in the front so as to dispense with the casting ladle

  3. 3 :  a separate receptacle taking the place of a hearth in front of a furnace for receiving molten material flowing out especially to permit settling; also :  a chamber at the end of a tank furnace from which glass is withdrawn for working

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Origin and Etymology of forehearth

fore- + hearth


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