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blast furnace

a large vertical furnace for smelting iron from ore, using coke as fuel: designed so as to direct a continuous blast of air through the fuel in order to obtain a high rate of combustion.
Origin of blast furnace
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We thought we had sufficient capital and credit to justify the building of one blast furnace.

  • The product as it comes from the blast furnace is called pig-iron.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • “We stand about as much chance as a snowball in a blast furnace,” said Garry.

    Tom Slade on the River Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • Well, where could we set up a blast furnace with not a dollar in the party?

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • In a smother of foam she came on, the explosions roaring like a blast furnace.

    The Motor Boys Afloat Clarence Young
  • So he invented (in 1828) a hot blast for the blast furnace (Fig. 9).

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • The figures here given represent the blast furnace, and all the details of the air-heating at one view.

  • In a moment, the room was like the inside of a blast furnace.

    Diplomatic Immunity Robert Sheckley
  • The ladle is exactly similar to that which is used in pouring out the metals that are melted in the blast furnace.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The fires of hell, hotter than any blast furnace had ever been, seethed within them.

    Planet of the Gods Robert Moore Williams
British Dictionary definitions for blast furnace

blast furnace

a vertical cylindrical furnace for smelting iron, copper, lead, and tin ores. The ore, scrap, solid fuel, and slag-forming materials are fed through the top and a blast of preheated air is forced through the charge from the bottom. Metal and slag are run off from the base
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