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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.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
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|Noun||1.||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
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
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
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
furnace[ˈfɜːrnɪs] n → fourneau m
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
furnace[ˈfɜːnɪs] n → fornace f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a very hot oven or closed-in fireplace for melting iron ore, making steam for heating etc. oond فُرْن، أتون пещ fornalha pec der (Schmelz-)ofen ovn; smelteovn καμίνι, κλίβανοςhorno sulatusahi, keskkütteahi کوره uuni chaudièreכבשן भट्टी visoka pec (talionice); pec (centralnog grijanja) kemence peleburan bræðsluofn fornace 炉 노(爐) krosnis, aukštakrosnė kurtuve relau smeltovenovn; fyranleggpiec كوره، داښ، تنور fornalha cuptor печь; топка vysoká pec peč, kotel peć masugn, smältugn, värmepanna เตาหลอม ocak, kazan, fırın 爐子 горно; піч بھٹی، انگیٹھی lò luyện kim, lò nấu thuỷ tinh 炉子
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