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Definition of Furnace


  1. An inclosed place in which heat is produced by the combustion of fuel, as for reducing ores or melting metals, for warming a house, for baking pottery, etc.; as, an iron furnace; a hot-air furnace; a glass furnace; a boiler furnace, etc.
  2. A place or time of punishment, affiction, or great trial; severe experience or discipline.
  3. To throw out, or exhale, as from a furnace; also, to put into a furnace.

Furnace Quotations

Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.
William Shakespeare

Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought; so God sees good to cast some men into the furnace of affliction, and then beats them on his anvil into what frame he pleases.
Anne Bradstreet

For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
George Santayana

I love to see heroes who fuel some kind of moral furnace inside them, who are driven to take on the evils of the world, despite the fact that the evils of the world are more powerful than them. And essentially can never be defeated, but they refuse to bow down. And in order to enjoy that aspect of the hero, you've got to put them through hell.
Neil Cross
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Furnace Translations

furnace in Danish is ovn
furnace in Dutch is kachel, oven
furnace in Finnish is uuni
furnace in German is Hochofen, Schmelz-
furnace in Latin is fornax
furnace in Norwegian is ovn
furnace in Portuguese is fornalha
furnace in Spanish is estufa