- The definition of a crucible is a vessel or container made of materials that resist great heat.
An example of a crucible is a container made of graphite or porcelain that melts only at very high temperatures.
crucible definition by Webster's New World
- a container made of a substance that can resist great heat, for melting, fusing, or calcining ores, metals, etc.
- the hollow at the bottom of an ore furnace, where the molten metal collects
- a severe test or trial
Origin: Midieval Latin crucibulum, lamp, crucible, probably ; from Germanic as in Old English cruce, pot, jug, Middle High German kruse, earthen pot (see cruse) plush Classical Latin suffix -ibulum (as in thuribulum, censer), but associated, association by folk etymology with Classical Latin crux, cross, as if lamp burning before cross
crucible definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A vessel made of a refractory substance such as graphite or porcelain, used for melting and calcining materials at high temperatures.
- A severe test, as of patience or belief; a trial. See Synonyms at trial.
- A place, time, or situation characterized by the confluence of powerful intellectual, social, economic, or political forces: “Macroeconomics . . . was cast in the crucible of the Depression” (Peter Passell).
Origin: Middle English crusible, from Medieval Latin crūcibulum, night-light, crucible, possibly from Old French croisuel, cresset; see cresset.
crucible - Science Definition