Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

blast furnace

noun
1.
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
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for blast furnace
Historical Examples
  • The product as it comes from the blast furnace is called pig-iron.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • He engraved his blast furnace, and the casting of a beam of a steam engine.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • Well, where could we set up a blast furnace with not a dollar in the party?

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • Hence his whole soul had now the temperature of a blast furnace.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • “We stand about as much chance as a snowball in a blast furnace,” said Garry.

    Tom Slade on the River Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • In a smother of foam she came on, the explosions roaring like a blast furnace.

    The Motor Boys Afloat Clarence Young
  • O'Rane responded, in a tone that would have chilled a blast furnace.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • So he invented (in 1828) a hot blast for the blast furnace (Fig. 9).

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • In a moment, the room was like the inside of a blast furnace.

    Diplomatic Immunity Robert Sheckley
  • 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

noun
1.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for blast furnace

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for blast

7
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for blast furnace