Meaning of FURNACE in English

FURNACE

■ noun

1》 an enclosed chamber in which material can be heated to very high temperatures.

2》 N. Amer. a boiler serving a central heating system.

3》 a very hot place.

Origin

ME: from OFr. fornais(e) , from L. fornax , fornac- , from fornus 'oven'.

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