Definition of furnace
: an enclosed structure in which heat is produced (as for heating a house or for reducing ore)
Recent Examples of furnace from the Web
But as Elyse Harney, Ms. Morris’s mother, tells it, the industry eventually ran out of charcoal to fire its forges and furnaces, and water power from the town’s lakes wasn’t sufficient.
Magic City Brewfest will not be held on June 9 and 10 as originally scheduled, with festival organizers saying the cost of renting Sloss Furnaces has risen to more than triple that of previous years.
In the reactor, 69 control rods slid smoothly into the hellfire furnace, creating an atomic sponge to soak up the neutron bullets.
Mrs. VandeLinde worked in blast furnace modeling using early computers for three years at U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh while her husband pursued a doctorate in electrical engineering, also at Carnegie Mellon.
The owners changed the locks Wednesday, and the furnace was stolen sometime between Wednesday and early Friday morning.
Some folks, for example, are going to buy insulation or a more energy-efficient air conditioner or furnace (at least when the old one wears out) without any government subsidy.
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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
Definition of furnace for English Language Learners
: one for melting metals
: one for heating a building or apartment
FURNACE Defined for Kids
Definition of furnace for Students
: an enclosed structure in which heat is produced (as for heating a house or melting metals)
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