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Meaning of furnace

fur•nace

Pronunciation: (fûr'nis), [key]
— n., v., -naced, -nac•ing.
—n.
  1. a structure or apparatus in which heat may be generated, as for heating houses, smelting ores, or producing steam.
  2. a place characterized by intense heat: The volcano was a seething furnace.
  3. (cap.)the constellation Fornax.
—v.t.
  1. to heat (a metal piece) in a furnace.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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