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.
Furnace, Astronomy. the constellation Fornax.
to heat (a metal piece) in a furnace.
- fur·nace·like, adjective
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How to use furnace in a sentence
You can tell the thermostat what to do all day, but it’s all for nothing if it can’t actually control the furnace or AC.
Researchers said they were struck by the number of teenagers in the cemetery and wondered if the harsh furnace work played a role in their early deaths.Faces of the dead emerge from lost African American graveyard | Michael Ruane | July 9, 2021 | Washington Post
“The coal mine closed, then the timber left, then the train left, and everything was gone,” said Robert Lee Fazenbaker, an 84-year-old retired miner, railroad man and furnace operator who saw each of his careers vanish.Powerball mystery: Someone in this tiny town won $731 million. Now everyone wants a piece of it. | Marc Fisher | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
When the lockdown began in March last year, workers at Blenko turned down the fires as low as possible so the liquid glass inside the furnace would not harden.How a mythical backwoods monster saved a struggling West Virginia glass company | Molly Born | May 6, 2021 | Washington Post
Diana Thomas needed a new furnace and four small basement windows for her two-story home on the east side of Kansas City.State-Supported “Clean Energy” Loans Are Putting Borrowers At Risk of Losing Their Homes | by Jeremy Kohler and Haru Coryne | April 23, 2021 | ProPublica
Animal furnace was not the first time Buress joked about rape.Bill Cosby Foe Hannibal Buress Joked About Date Rape | Rich Goldstein | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The high-cheekboned actor wears a leather jacket and turtleneck and slicks back his hair in Out of the furnace.
For example, research has shown that most carbon-monoxide alarm incidents are triggered by a malfunctioning furnace.
The family is the great fiery furnace in which people are forged.
Scott had recently finished shooting the drama Out of the furnace, starring Christian Bale.Cause of Tony Scott’s Apparent Suicide Still Being Determined | Christine Pelisek | August 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He shall give his mind to finish the glazing, and his watching to make clean the furnace.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Such a furnace worked there for many years, until copper smelting was removed from Cornwall to Wales.
It is therefore uncertain from these statements which furnace consumes the greater quantity of air.
A few pails of water, put into the furnace in the morning, is sufficient for a day's work.
The furnace where the Khamsîn brewed in distant Nubia sent its warnings in advance; it was slowly travelling northward.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for furnace
an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to generate steam, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc
a very hot or stifling place
- furnace-like, adjective
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