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Meaning of CRUCIBLE

Pronunciation:  'kroosubul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions

CRUCIBLE is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: melting pot
 See Also: vessel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cru"ci*ble\ (kr[udd]"s[i^]*b'l), n. [LL. crucibulum a
hanging lamp, an earthen pot for melting metals (cf. OF.
croisel, creuseul, sort of lamp, crucible, F. creuset
crucible), prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. kr[=u]sul, LG.
kr["u]sel, hanging lamp, kroos, kruus, mug, jug, jar, D.
kroes cup, crucible, Dan. kruus, Sw. krus, E. cruse. It was
confused with derivatives of L. crux cross (cf. {Crosslet}),
and crucibles were said to have been marked with a cross, to
prevent the devil from marring the chemical operation. See
{Cruse}, and cf. {Cresset}.]
1. A vessel or melting pot, composed of some very refractory
   substance, as clay, graphite, platinum, and used for
   melting and calcining substances which require a strong
   degree of heat, as metals, ores, etc.

2. A hollow place at the bottom of a furnace, to receive the
   melted metal.

3. A test of the most decisive kind; a severe trial; as, the
   crucible of affliction.

{Hessian crucible} (Chem.), a cheap, brittle, and fragile,
   but very refractory crucible, composed of the finest fire
   clay and sand, and commonly used for a single heating; --
   named from the place of manufacture.

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