Definition of furnace in English:

furnace

Line breaks: fur|nace
Pronunciation: /ˈfəːnɪs
 
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noun

  • 1An enclosed structure in which material can be heated to very high temperatures, e.g. for smelting metals.
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    • Continuous power was required to maintain the temperature in a furnace in which metal was melted.
    • Even where old, proven recipes were used, wildly differing results could be obtained depending on the materials and proportions employed and the temperature of the furnace.
    • The metals are brought to a suitable temperature in a furnace, and the weld is achieved by hammering or other mechanical pressure.
  • 1.1North American An appliance fired by gas or oil in which air or water is heated to be circulated throughout a building in a heating system.
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    • These appliances include space heaters, gas ranges and ovens, furnaces, gas water heaters, gas clothes dryers, wood or coal-burning stoves, and fireplaces.
    • Fuel burning appliance such as furnaces, hot water heaters, and stoves should be inspected annually and identified any repair problems.
    • When installing gas fireplaces, water heaters and furnaces, select appliances with sealed combustion chambers.
  • 1.2A very hot place: her car was a furnace

Origin

Middle English: from Old French fornais(e), from Latin fornax, fornac-, from fornus 'oven'.

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