furnace

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noun fur·nace \ˈfər-nəs\

Definition of furnace

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

Origin and Etymology of furnace

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


First Known Use: 13th century


FURNACE Defined for English Language Learners

furnace

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noun fur·nace \ˈfər-nəs\

Definition of furnace for English Language Learners

  • : one for melting metals

  • : one for heating a building or apartment


FURNACE Defined for Kids

furnace

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noun fur·nace \ˈfər-nəs\

Definition of furnace for Students

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



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