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Meaning of FURNACE

Pronunciation:  'furnis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to heat buildings, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc.

FURNACE is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 See Also: blast furnace, chamber, cremation chamber, crematorium, crematory, cupola, electric furnace, firebox, forge, gas furnace, grate, grating, incinerator, oil burner, oil furnace, register, tank furnace



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fur"nace\, n. [OE. fornais, forneis, OF. fornaise, F.
    fournaise, from L. fornax; akin to furnus oven, and prob. to
    E. forceps.]
    1. 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.
    Note: Furnaces are classified as wind or air. furnaces when
          the fire is urged only by the natural draught; as blast
          furnaces, when the fire is urged by the injection
          artificially of a forcible current of air; and as
          reverberatory furnaces, when the flame, in passing to
          the chimney, is thrown down by a low arched roof upon
          the materials operated upon.
    2. A place or time of punishment, affiction, or great trial;
       severe experience or discipline. --Deut. iv. 20.
    {Bustamente furnace}, a shaft furnace for roasting
       quicksilver ores.
    {Furnace bridge}, Same as {Bridge wall}. See {Bridge}, n., 5.
    {Furnace} {cadmiam or cadmia}, the oxide of zinc which
       accumulates in the chimneys of furnaces smelting
       zinciferous ores. --Raymond.
    {Furnace hoist} (Iron Manuf.), a lift for raising ore, coal,
       etc., to the mouth of a blast furnace.
  2. \Fur"nace\, n.
    1. To throw out, or exhale, as from a furnace; also, to put
       into a furnace. [Obs. or R.]
             He furnaces The thick sighe from him. --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a furnace in your dream, symbolizes power and energy.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Chald. attun, a large furnace with a wide open mouth, at the top of which materials were cast in (Dan. 3:22, 23; comp. Jer. 29:22). This furnace would be in constant requisition, for the Babylonians disposed of their dead by cremation, as did also the Accadians who invaded Mesopotamia.

(2.) Heb. kibshan, a smelting furnace (Gen. 19:28), also a lime-kiln (Isa. 33:12; Amos 2:1).

(3.) Heb. kur, a refining furnace (Prov. 17:3; 27:21; Ezek. 22:18).

(4.) Heb. alil, a crucible; only used in Ps. 12:6.

(5.) Heb. tannur, oven for baking bread (Gen. 15:17; Isa. 31:9; Neh. 3:11). It was a large pot, narrowing towards the top. When it was heated by a fire made within, the dough was spread over the heated surface, and thus was baked. "A smoking furnace and a burning lamp" (Gen. 15:17), the symbol of the presence of the Almighty, passed between the divided pieces of Abraham's sacrifice in ratification of the covenant God made with him. (See OVEN.)

(6.) Gr. kamnos, a furnace, kiln, or oven (Matt. 13:42, 50; Rev. 1:15; 9:2).

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