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furnace

[ fur-nis ]
/ ˈfɜr nɪs /
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noun
a structure or apparatus in which heat may be generated, as for heating houses, smelting ores, or producing steam.
a place characterized by intense heat: The volcano was a seething furnace.
(initial capital letter)Astronomy. the constellation Fornax.
verb (used with object), fur·naced, fur·nac·ing.
to heat (a metal piece) in a furnace.
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Origin of furnace

1175–1225; Middle English furneis, furnais<Old French fornais, fournais<Latin fornāc- (stem of fornāx kiln, oven), akin to formus warm

OTHER WORDS FROM furnace

fur·nace·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for furnace

furnace
/ (ˈfɜːnɪs) /

noun
an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to generate steam, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc
a very hot or stifling place

Derived forms of furnace

furnace-like, adjective

Word Origin for furnace

C13: from Old French fornais, from Latin fornax oven, furnace; related to Latin formus warm
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