Crucible Definition

kro͝osə-bəl
crucibles
noun
crucibles
A container made of a substance that can resist great heat, for melting, fusing, or calcining ores, metals, etc.
Webster's New World
The hollow at the bottom of an ore furnace, where the molten metal collects.
Webster's New World
A severe test or trial.
Webster's New World
A place, time, or situation in which different social forces or intellectual influences come together and cause new developments.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Crucible

Noun

Singular:
crucible
Plural:
crucibles

Origin of Crucible

  • Middle English crusible from Medieval Latin crūcibulum night-light, crucible possibly from Old French croisuel cresset cresset

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin crucibulum (“night-lamp, metallurgic melting-pot”), apparently a derivative of crux (“cross”).

    From Wiktionary

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