furnace

EnglishEdit

 
An oil furnace for heating a building

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English forneys, from Old French fornais (French fournaise), from Latin fornāx.

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NounEdit

furnace (plural furnaces)

  1. (UK) An industrial heating device, e.g. for smelting metal or baking ceramics.
  2. (US, Canada) A device that provides heat for a building; a space heater.
  3. (colloquial) Any area that is excessively hot.
  4. (figuratively) A place or time of punishment, affliction, or great trial; severe experience or discipline.

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VerbEdit

furnace (third-person singular simple present furnaces, present participle furnacing, simple past and past participle furnaced)

  1. To heat in a furnace.
  2. To exhale like a furnace.

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