Meaning of refractory
Pronunciation: (ri-frak'tu-rē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ries.
- 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.
- a material having the ability to retain its physical shape and chemical identity when subjected to high temperatures.
- bricks of various shapes used in lining furnaces.
- refractory (Thesaurus)