Meaning of FURNACE in English

FURNACE

n.

Pronunciation: ' f ə r-n ə s

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English furnas, from Anglo-French forneise, from Latin fornac-, fornax; akin to Latin formus warm ― more at THERM

Date: 13th century

: an enclosed structure in which heat is produced (as for heating a house or for reducing ore)

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