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.
And what does it say if we look to war as a crucible for religious belief?
Born in 1961, Barack Obama is our first president since JFK whose worldview was shaped in a non-Cold War crucible.
But it is also, anachronistically, a crucible that can reveal character.'Fives and Twenty-Fives' Is Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone|Brian Castner|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nathaniel Rich|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the crucible was no longer—as then of pity; it was the crucible of love.Mistress Wilding|Rafael Sabatini
When we want to learn something roughly about a piece of metal, we put it in a crucible in the fire.Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary|Voltaire
Harry busied himself with putting the crucible in order, and in getting the fuel.The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island|Roger Thompson Finlay
The silver-lead alloy which does not melt is taken from the margin of the crucible with a hooked bar.De Re Metallica|Georgius Agricola
You are a noble woman, and Senor Stewart is a man of desert iron forged anew in the crucible of love.The Light of Western Stars|Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for crucible (1 of 2)
Word Origin for crucible
British Dictionary definitions for crucible (2 of 2)
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.