[ ri-frak-tuh-ree ]
/ rɪˈfræk tə ri /
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hard or impossible to manage; stubbornly disobedient: a refractory child.
resisting ordinary methods of treatment.
difficult to fuse, reduce, or work, as an ore or metal.
noun, plural re·frac·to·ries.
a material having the ability to retain its physical shape and chemical identity when subjected to high temperatures.
refractories, bricks of various shapes used in lining furnaces.
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Origin of refractory
synonym study for refractory
1. See unruly.
OTHER WORDS FROM refractoryre·frac·to·ri·ly, adverbre·frac·to·ri·ness, nounun·re·frac·to·ry, adjective
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How to use refractory in a sentence
And he only gave way after Bartek's refractoriness also had been softened by unusual eloquence on Porankiewicz's part.More Tales by Polish Authors|Various
Pure clay base is also highly resistant to fire and therefore contributes to the refractoriness of the mass.The Potter's Craft|Charles F. Binns
It cannot be doubted that a certain refractoriness to form is a typical feature of the Basque character.Tragic Sense Of Life|Miguel de Unamuno
Two stumbling-blocks were to be steered clear of:—the scruples of the Jewish converts, and the refractoriness of the Gentiles.Not Paul, But Jesus|Jeremy Bentham
There was only one part of his progress in which Carefinotu showed refractoriness; that was in learning the English language.Godfrey Morgan|Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for refractory
/ (rɪˈfræktərɪ) /
unmanageable or obstinate
med not responding to treatment
(of a material) able to withstand high temperatures without fusion or decomposition
noun plural -ries
a material, such as fireclay or alumina, that is able to withstand high temperatures: used to line furnaces, kilns, etc
Derived forms of refractoryrefractorily, adverbrefractoriness, noun
Word Origin for refractory
C17: variant of obsolete refractary; see refract
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Scientific definitions for refractory
[ rĭ-frăk′tə-rē ]
Having a high melting point. Ceramics that are made from clay and minerals are often refractory, as are metal oxides and carbides. Refractory materials are often used as liners in furnaces.
Resistant to heat.
Of or relating to a refractory period.
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