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fur·nace

 (fûr′nĭs)
n.
1. An enclosure in which energy in a nonthermal form is converted to heat, especially such an enclosure in which heat is generated by the combustion of a suitable fuel.
2. An intensely hot place: the furnace of the sun; an attic room that is a furnace in the summer.
3. A severe test or trial: endured the furnace of his friends' blame after the accident.

[Middle English fourneyse, from Old French fornaise, variant of earlier fornais, from Latin fornāx, fornāc-, oven; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.]

furnace

(ˈfɜːnɪs)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to generate steam, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc
2. a very hot or stifling place
[C13: from Old French fornais, from Latin fornax oven, furnace; related to Latin formus warm]
ˈfurnace-ˌlike adj

fur•nace

(ˈfɜr nɪs)

n.
1. a structure or apparatus in which heat may be generated, as for heating houses, smelting ores, or producing steam.
2. a place characterized by intense heat.
[1175–1225; Middle English furneis, furnais < Old French fornais, fournais < Latin fornācem, kiln, oven]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.furnace - an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to heat buildings, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc.furnace - an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to heat buildings, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc.
athanor - a furnace that feeds itself so as to maintain a uniform temperature; used by alchemists
blast furnace - a furnace for smelting of iron from iron oxide ores; combustion is intensified by a blast of air
chamber - a natural or artificial enclosed space
cremation chamber, crematorium, crematory - a furnace where a corpse can be burned and reduced to ashes
cupola - a vertical cylindrical furnace for melting iron for casting
electric furnace - any furnace in which the heat is provided by an electric current
firebox - a furnace (as on a steam locomotive) in which fuel is burned
forge - furnace consisting of a special hearth where metal is heated before shaping
gas furnace - a furnace that burns gas
grate, grating - a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
incinerator - a furnace for incinerating (especially to dispose of refuse)
kiln - a furnace for firing or burning or drying such things as porcelain or bricks
oil burner, oil furnace - a furnace that burns oil
open-hearth furnace - a furnace for making steel in which the steel is placed on a shallow hearth and flames of burning gas and hot air play over it
register - a regulator (as a sliding plate) for regulating the flow of air into a furnace or other heating device
reverberatory furnace - a furnace in which the material that is being treated is heated indirectly by flames that are directed at the roof and walls of the furnace
tank furnace - furnace into one end of which a batch of measured raw materials is shoveled and from the other end molten glass is obtained
Translations
فُرْن، أتون
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ovnsmelteovn
ahjosulatusuuniuuni
kemence
bræîsluofn
kurtuve
kotelpeč

furnace

[ˈfɜːnɪs] Nhorno m
the room was like a furnacela habitación era un horno

furnace

[ˈfɜːrnɪs] nfourneau m

furnace

nHochofen m; (Metal) → Schmelzofen m; this room is like a furnacedieses Zimmer ist ja das reinste Treibhaus

furnace

[ˈfɜːnɪs] nfornace f

furnace

(ˈfəːnis) noun
a very hot oven or closed-in fireplace for melting iron ore, making steam for heating etc.