From Middle English forneys, from Old French fornais (French fournaise), from Latin fornāx.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɝnɪs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɜːnɪs/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)nɪs
furnace (plural furnaces)
- (UK) An industrial heating device, e.g. for smelting metal or baking ceramics.
- (US, Canada) A device that provides heat for a building; a space heater.
- (colloquial) Any area that is excessively hot.
- (figurative) A place or time of punishment, affliction, or great trial; severe experience or discipline.
- 1530, [William Tyndale, transl., The Pentateuch] (Tyndale Bible), Deuteronomye iiij:, folio IX, recto:
- For the Lorde toke you and broughte you out of the yernen fornace of Egipte, to be vnto him a people of enheritaunce, as it is come to paſſe this daye.
- 1866, Herman Melville, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War, Supplement:
- For that heroic band—those children of the furnace who, in regions like Texas and Tennessee, maintained their fidelity through terrible trials—we of the North felt for them, and profoundly we honor them.
- almond furnace
- blast furnace
- converting furnace
- ladle furnace
- muffle furnace
- muffler furnace
- Pernot furnace
- philosophical furnace
- reduction furnace
- regenerative furnace
- reverberatory furnace
- Rockhill Furnace
- semimuffle furnace
- shaft furnace
- smoke like a furnace
- there may be snow on the rooftop but there is fire in the furnace
device for heating — see oven
device for heating in a factory, melting metals, etc
device for heating a building
furnace (third-person singular simple present furnaces, present participle furnacing, simple past and past participle furnaced)