What does furnace mean?

Definitions for furnace
ˈfɜr nɪsfur·nace

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. furnacenoun

    an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to heat buildings, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc.


  1. furnacenoun

    A device for heating.

  2. furnacenoun

    A device that heats materials being processed in a factory.

  3. furnacenoun

    A device that provides heat for a building.

  4. furnacenoun

    Any area that is excessively hot.

  5. furnaceverb

    To heat in a furnace

  6. Etymology: From fornais (French fournaise), from fornax.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Furnacenoun

    An inclosed fireplace.

    Etymology: furnus, Latin.

    Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
    That it may singe yourself. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The fining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold. Prov.

    We have also furnaces of great diversities, that keep great diversity of heats. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    The kings of Spain have erected divers furnaces and forges, for the trying and fining of their gold. George Abbot.

    Whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Dan.

    A dungeon horrible, on all sides around,
    As one great furnace, flam’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

  2. To Furnaceverb

    To throw out as sparks from a furnace. A bad word.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He furnaces
    The thick sighs from him. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.


  1. furnace

    A furnace is a device or structure used for heating, often for the purpose of generating heat to warm a building, creating steam to power machinery, or refining materials like ore in a smelting process. It is typically powered by fuel such as gas, coal, oil, or electricity. Modern home furnaces often form part of a central heating system which also distributes the heat throughout the residence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Furnacenoun

    an inclosed place in which heat is produced by the combustion of fuel, as for reducing ores or melting metals, for warming a house, for baking pottery, etc.; as, an iron furnace; a hot-air furnace; a glass furnace; a boiler furnace, etc

  2. Furnacenoun

    a place or time of punishment, affiction, or great trial; severe experience or discipline

  3. Furnacenoun

    to throw out, or exhale, as from a furnace; also, to put into a furnace

  4. Etymology: [OE. fornais, forneis, OF. fornaise, F. fournaise, from L. fornax; akin to furnus oven, and prob. to E. forceps.]


  1. Furnace

    A furnace is a device used for heating. The name derives from Latin fornax, oven. In American English and Canadian English usage, the term furnace on its own refers to the household heating systems based on a central furnace, and sometimes as a synonym for kiln, a device used in the production of ceramics. In British English, a furnace is an industrial furnace used for many things, such as the extraction of metal from ore or in oil refineries and other chemical plants, for example as the heat source for fractional distillation columns. The term furnace can also refer to a direct fired heater, used in boiler applications in chemical industries or for providing heat to chemical reactions for processes like cracking, and is part of the standard English names for many metallurgical furnaces worldwide. The heat energy to fuel a furnace may be supplied directly by fuel combustion, by electricity such as the electric arc furnace, or through induction heating in induction furnaces.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Furnace

    fur′nās, n. an oven or enclosed fireplace for melting ores and other purposes: a time or place of grievous affliction or torment.—v.t. to exhale like a furnace: to subject to the heat of a furnace. [O. Fr. fornais—L. fornaxfornus, an oven.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. furnace

    The fire-place of a marine boiler.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. furnace

    In mining, signifies a hollow or excavation which is made in the earth and is charged with gunpowder, for the purpose of blowing up a rock, wall, or any part of a fortification.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Furnace is ranked #62903 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Furnace surname appeared 318 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Furnace.

    50.9% or 162 total occurrences were Black.
    47.1% or 150 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of furnace in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of furnace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of furnace in a Sentence

  1. Florian Feyerabend:

    The burning furnace campaign will not cool down in the foreseeable future.

  2. Roy Rickhuss:

    The blast furnace must be mothballed properly to give it the chance of a future. We have serious concerns about the ability of SSI to do this and so the government must step in.

  3. Roy Rickhuss:

    Our fight to save our steel will continue, the blast furnace must be mothballed properly to give it the chance of a future. We have serious concerns about the ability of SSI to do this and so the government must step in.

  4. Metastasio:

    As gold is tried by the furnace, and the baser metal shown, so the hollow-hearted friend is known by adversity.

  5. Kazuhiro Harada:

    Other Japanese electric arc furnace steelmakers are likely to follow Tokyo Steel's step to mirror a jump in steel scrap prices, i expect the steel market will remain on an upward trend for a while and Japan's bigger blast furnace makers will also increase prices.

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