Definitions for crucibleˈkru sə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cru•ci•bleˈkru sə bəl(n.)

  1. a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures.

    Category: Metallurgy

  2. a hollow area at the bottom of a furnace in which the metal collects.

    Category: Metallurgy

  3. a severe test or trial, esp. one that causes a lasting change or influence.

Origin of crucible:

1400–50; late ME crusible, corusible < ML crucibulum; cf. AF crusil, OF croisuel, croisol night lamp, crucible < Gallo-Rom *croceolus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crucible, melting pot(noun)

    a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions


  1. crucible(Noun)

    A cup-shaped piece of laboratory equipment used to contain chemical compounds when heating them to very high temperatures.

  2. crucible(Noun)

    A heat-resistant container in which metals are melted, usually at temperatures above 500u00B0C, commonly made of graphite with clay as a binder.

  3. crucible(Noun)

    The bottom and hottest part of a blast furnace; the hearth.

  4. crucible(Noun)

    A very difficult and trying experience, that acts as a refining or hardening process.

  5. Origin: From crucibulum, apparently a derivative of crux.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crucible(noun)

    a vessel or melting pot, composed of some very refractory substance, as clay, graphite, platinum, and used for melting and calcining substances which require a strong degree of heat, as metals, ores, etc

  2. Crucible(noun)

    a hollow place at the bottom of a furnace, to receive the melted metal

  3. Crucible(noun)

    a test of the most decisive kind; a severe trial; as, the crucible of affliction


  1. Crucible

    A crucible is a container that can withstand very high temperatures and is used for metal, glass, and pigment production as well as a number of modern laboratory processes. While crucibles historically were usually made from clay, they can be made from any material that withstands temperatures high enough to melt or otherwise alter its contents.

Translations for crucible

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a pot in which metals etc may be melted

He heated the chemicals in a crucible in the laboratory.

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