• (America) IPA: /ˈfɝnɪs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈfɜːnɪs/

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. (figurative) A place or time of punishment, affliction, or great trial; severe experience or discipline.
    • circa 1530 William Tyndale, Tyndale Bible, Deuteronomy 4:20:
      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.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: то́пка

furnace (furnaces, present participle furnacing; past and past participle furnaced)

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

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