Definitions of furnace

  1. To throw out sparks as a furnace. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. An inclosed place in which heat is produced by the combustion of fuel, as for reducing ores or melting metals, for warming a house, for baking pottery, etc.; as, an iron furnace; a hot-air furnace; a glass furnace; a boiler furnace, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A place or time of punishment, affiction, or great trial; severe experience or discipline. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To throw out, or exhale, as from a furnace; also, to put into a furnace. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An inclosed structure where coal, wood, and other things are burned to make heat. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A time or place of grievous affliction or torment; as, the furnace of affliction: a place where a vehement fire and heat may be made and maintained, as for melting ores or metals, heating the boiler of a steam-engine, warming a house, baking pottery or bread, and other such purposes. Furnaces are constructed in a great variety of ways, according to the different purposes to which they are applied. In constructing furnaces the following objects are kept in view:- (1) To obtain the greatest quantity of heat from a given quantity of fuel. (2) To prevent the dissipation of the heat after it is produced. (3) To concentrate the heat and direct it as much as possible to the substances to be acted upon. (4) To be able to regulate at pleasure the necessary degree of heat and have it wholly under the operator's management. An air furnace is one in which the flames are urged only by the natural draught; a blast furnace, one in which the heat is intensified by the injection of a strong current of air by artificial means; a re-verberatory furnace, one in which the flames in passing to the chimney are thrown down by a low-arched roof upon the objects which it is intended to expose to their action. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A structure enclosing a fire chamber, as for smelting or heating. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Any enclosed fire-place in which to produce a violent heat, for melting ores, metals, &c.; a situation of severe affliction, conceived as sent to purify. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. An enclosed fireplace for obtaining a high degree of heat; grievous afflictions. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for furnace

  1. Desperate at the sight, and with a burning furnace in their rear, it was not the might of man that could prevent their escape, and with the determination of despair, rushing forward, the foremost rank of Scots fell. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  2. Presently I heard the furnace door rattle and caught the smell, which I was careful to explain to Ellen as she went by the library door on her way up- stairs, lest Mrs. Packard should be alarmed and come running down to see what was the matter. – The Mayor's Wife by Anna Katherine Green