Meaning of FURNACE in English

— furnacelike , adj.

/ferr"nis/ , n. , v. , furnaced, furnacing .


1. a structure or apparatus in which heat may be generated, as for heating houses, smelting ores, or producing steam.

2. a place characterized by intense heat: The volcano was a seething furnace.

3. ( cap. ) Astron. the constellation Fornax.


4. to heat (a metal piece) in a furnace.

[ 1175-1225; ME furneis, furnais fornais, fournais fornac- (s. of fornax kiln, oven), akin to formus warm ]

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