What does Crucible mean?

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ˈkru sə bəlcru·cible

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crucible, melting potnoun

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


  1. cruciblenoun

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

  2. cruciblenoun

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

  3. cruciblenoun

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

  4. cruciblenoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cruciblenoun

    A chymist’s melting pot, made of earth; so called, because they were formerly marked with a cross.

    Etymology: crucibulum, low Latin.

    Take a quantity of good silver, and put it in a crucible or melting cruse, and set them on fire, well covered round about with coals. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.


  1. Crucible

    A crucible is a ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures. While crucibles were historically usually made from clay, they can be made from any material that withstands temperatures high enough to melt or otherwise alter its contents.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cruciblenoun

    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. Cruciblenoun

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

  3. Cruciblenoun

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

  4. Etymology: [LL. crucibulum a hanging lamp, an earthen pot for melting metals (cf. OF. croisel, creuseul, sort of lamp, crucible, F. creuset crucible), prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. krsul, LG. krsel, hanging lamp, kroos, kruus, mug, jug, jar, D. kroes cup, crucible, Dan. kruus, Sw. krus, E. cruse. It was confused with derivatives of L. crux cross (cf. Crosslet), and crucibles were said to have been marked with a cross, to prevent the devil from marring the chemical operation. See Cruse, and cf. Cresset.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crucible

    krōō′si-bl, n. an earthen pot for melting ores, metals, &c. [Low L. crucibulum, most prob. from L. crux.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Crucible in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Crucible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Crucible in a Sentence

  1. Blessing Abeng:

    The truth is that we were supposed to be having a' conversation', the context of our conversation was personal and warm, i had made the decision to speak from the heart, and it would be dishonest to pretend that I had not reacted personally to so many issues around Ms. Hillary Clinton, whose life has become a kind of crucible of all the questions that affect women.

  2. Bruce Klingner:

    The US-South Korean alliance was forged in blood during the crucible of the Korean War, north Korea enduring motto is katchi kapshida --' we go together' -- not' we go together, if we are paid enough.'.

  3. Attorney Daniel King:

    That's the crucible of insanity, not planning.

  4. Israel Zangwill:

    You, the Spirit of the Settlement ... Not understand that America is God's crucible, the great melting-pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming Here, you stand, good folk, think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups, with your fifty languages and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries...

  5. Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.:

    Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement, of wisdom, of refinement, with the democratic ideals of openness, of social justice and of equal opportunity.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. bonzer
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