What does furnace mean?

Definitions for furnace
ˈfɜr nɪsfur·nace

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. furnace(noun)

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


  1. furnace(Noun)

    A device for heating.

  2. furnace(Noun)

    A device that heats materials being processed in a factory.

  3. furnace(Noun)

    A device that provides heat for a building.

  4. furnace(Noun)

    Any area that is excessively hot.

  5. furnace(Verb)

    To heat in a furnace

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Furnace(noun)

    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. Furnace(noun)

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

  3. Furnace(noun)

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

  4. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. furnace

    A type of structure created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes and sizes used to heat a variety of materials to various degrees of temperature as per a specific standard.

    The steel works have a variety of different furnaces which are all in use daily.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

How to pronounce furnace?

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How to say furnace in sign language?

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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. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    The hotter the furnace the finer the gold.

  2. Metastasio:

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

  3. John Sato:

    We all go through our furnace in certain ways and some of the things that happen to us will make you more understanding, I hope.

  4. Kazuhiro Harada:

    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.

  5. Edward Chapin:

    The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried, and smelted, and polished, and glorified through the furnace of tribulation.

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