crucible

[ kroo-suh-buh l ]
/ ˈkru sə bəl /

noun

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

1400–50; late Middle English crusible, corusible < Medieval Latin crucibulum; compare Anglo-French crusil, Old French croi-suel, croisol night lamp, crucible < Gallo-Romance *croceolus (of uncertain origin), probably Latinized on the model of tūribulum thurible
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British Dictionary definitions for crucible (1 of 2)

crucible

/ (ˈkruːsɪbəl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for crucible

C15 corusible, from Medieval Latin crūcibulum night lamp, crucible, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for crucible (2 of 2)

Crucible

/ (ˈkruːsɪbəl) /

noun

the Crucible a Sheffield theatre, venue of the annual world professional snooker championship
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Science definitions for crucible

crucible

[ krōōsə-bəl ]

A heat-resistant container used to melt ores, metals, and other materials.
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