Meaning of “furnace” in the English Dictionary

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"furnace" in British English

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furnacenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɜː.nɪs/ us /ˈfɝː.nɪs/

a container that is heated to a very high temperature, so that substances that are put inside it, such as metal, will melt or burn:

People who work with furnaces in a steel factory need to wear protective clothing.
This room's like a furnace (= is very hot)!

US a piece of equipment for heating a building:

It's cold in here - should I turn on the furnace?

(Definition of “furnace” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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furnacenoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɜr·nəs/

a container for holding burning substances, usually to heat buildings or to melt metals and other materials

(Definition of “furnace” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)