fur·nace | \ ˈfər-nəs \

Definition of furnace 

: an enclosed structure in which heat is produced (as for heating a house or for reducing ore)

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Today, his property is piled with materials waiting to become sculpture: the barrel from a dryer, reclaimed wooden palettes, old furnace parts. New York Times, "A California Sculptor Gets His Moment in the Sun, at Age 80," 28 June 2018 Van Cuylenborg and Cook were killed after traveling to Seattle from Saanich, British Columbia, to buy furnace parts for a business that Cook's father owned. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Murder charges filed against man linked to Seattle area 1987 double homicide through DNA," 18 June 2018 One of us hides peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the furnace vent. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "With my teenagers, it’s my fault that everything’s my fault," 29 May 2018 Homeowners will be able to get assistance to fix up the exteriors of their homes and to make emergency interior improvements such as furnace replacements or electrical work. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Mayor Frank Jackson unveils $15 million development as first project in his plan for revitalizing struggling neighborhoods," 28 Mar. 2018 An officer, peering into a lab furnace, noted something inside — something in the ashes. Paul Collins, BostonGlobe.com, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018 Natural-gas producers should be delighted: A cold winter has furnaces blazing into late March, domestic demand is up, and record volumes are being sold abroad. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "How Two Wells in Wyoming Explain the Natural-Gas Glut," 21 Mar. 2018 Everyday heating and cooking appliances like charcoal grills and furnaces can create CO, as can devices like generators and running cars. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 Bolt down and secure to wall studs the water heater, furnace and other major appliances. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Safety tips to follow before, during and after an earthquake," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of furnace

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for furnace

Middle English furnas, from Anglo-French forneise, from Latin fornac-, fornax; akin to Latin formus warm — more at therm

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English Language Learners Definition of furnace

: one for melting metals

: one for heating a building or apartment


fur·nace | \ ˈfər-nəs \

Kids Definition of furnace

: an enclosed structure in which heat is produced (as for heating a house or melting metals)

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