- a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures.
- Metallurgy. a hollow area at the bottom of a furnace in which the metal collects.
- a severe, searching test or trial.
Origin of crucible
Examples from the Web for crucible
If the witness did in fact witness such a terrible crime, the testimony will survive in the crucible of cross-examination.There’s No Conspiracy in Ferguson’s Secret Jury
November 17, 2014
And what does it say if we look to war as a crucible for religious belief?There Are Only Atheists in Fox Holes
October 5, 2014
Born in 1961, Barack Obama is our first president since JFK whose worldview was shaped in a non-Cold War crucible.How Obama's Shallow Worldview Failed Us
August 29, 2014
But it is also, anachronistically, a crucible that can reveal character.'Fives and Twenty-Fives' Is Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone
August 25, 2014
Herzog was never just a novel; from the beginning it was a symbol, a crucible, a shibboleth.American Dreams: Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation
July 27, 2014
Thus I was placed in the crucible for further refinement and regeneration.Biography of a Slave
Nature put into the crucible of a loving heart becomes poetry.A Dish Of Orts
But the crucible was no longer—as then of pity; it was the crucible of love.Mistress Wilding
The fusion is conducted in a Fletcher's crucible furnace in a clay crucible.
When fusion is complete, the contents of the crucible are poured into any suitable mould.
- a vessel in which substances are heated to high temperatures
- the hearth at the bottom of a metallurgical furnace in which the metal collects
- a severe trial or test
- the Crucible a Sheffield theatre, venue of the annual world professional snooker championship
Word Origin and History for crucible
early 15c., from Medieval Latin crucibulum "melting pot for metals," originally "night lamp." First element might be Middle High German kruse "earthen pot." Or perhaps it is from Latin crux on some fancied resemblance to a cross. Used of any severe test or trial since 1640s.
- A heat-resistant container used to melt ores, metals, and other materials.