Furnace meaning

fûrnĭs
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An intensely hot place.

The furnace of the sun; an attic room that is a furnace in the summer.

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A grueling test or trial.
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(figuratively) A place or time of punishment, affiction, or great trial; severe experience or discipline.
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A severe test or trial.

Endured the furnace of his friends' blame after the accident.

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An enclosed chamber or structure in which heat is produced, as by burning fuel, for warming a building, reducing ores and metals, etc.
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Any extremely hot place.
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A device for heating.
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A device that heats materials being processed in a factory.
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A device that provides heat for a building.
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Any area that is excessively hot.
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To heat in a furnace.
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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.
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Origin of furnace

  • Middle English from Old French fornais from Latin fornāx fornāc- oven gwher- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old French fornais (French fournaise), from Latin fornax.

    From Wiktionary