Blast-furnace



a large vertical furnace for smelting iron from ore, using coke as fuel: designed so as to direct a continuous blast of air through the fuel in order to obtain a high rate of combustion.
Historical Examples

Steel Charles Rumford Walker
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 3 Various
Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
‘Green Balls’ Paul Bewsher
Every-day Science: Volume VI. The Conquest of Nature Henry Smith Williams
Steel Charles Rumford Walker
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7 Various
A Short History of the World H. G. Wells
Flash-lights from the Seven Seas William L. Stidger
Flash-lights from the Seven Seas William L. Stidger

noun
a vertical cylindrical furnace for smelting iron, copper, lead, and tin ores. The ore, scrap, solid fuel, and slag-forming materials are fed through the top and a blast of preheated air is forced through the charge from the bottom. Metal and slag are run off from the base

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