What does crucible mean?

Definitions for crucibleˈkru sə bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word crucible.

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

  4. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Attorney Daniel King:

    That's the crucible of insanity, not planning.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

Images & Illustrations of crucible

  1. cruciblecruciblecrucible

Translations for crucible

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for crucible »


Find a translation for the crucible definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these crucible definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"crucible." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/crucible>.

Are we missing a good definition for crucible? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for crucible:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.