Definition of Crucible

1. Noun. A vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions.

Exact synonyms: Melting Pot
Generic synonyms: Vessel

Definition of Crucible

1. n. 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.

Definition of Crucible

1. Noun. (context: chemistry) A cup-shaped piece of laboratory equipment used to contain chemical compounds when heating them to very high temperatures. ¹

2. Noun. A heat-resistant container in which metals are melted, usually at temperatures above 500°C, commonly made of graphite with clay as a binder. ¹

3. Noun. The bottom and hottest part of a blast furnace; the hearth. ¹

4. Noun. A very difficult and trying experience, that acts as a refining or hardening process. ¹

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Definition of Crucible

1. a heat-resistant vessel [n -S]

Medical Definition of Crucible

1. A vessel used as a container for reactions or meltings at high temperature. Origin: Mediev. L. Crucibulum, a night lamp, later, a melting pot (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Crucible

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cruciate anastomosis
cruciate eminence
cruciate ligament of leg
cruciate ligament of the atlas
cruciate ligaments of knee
cruciate muscle
cruciate sulci
cruciate sulcus
crucible (current term)
crucible steel
cruciferous plant
cruciferous vegetable

Literary usage of Crucible

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1903)
"B is the cup casing or crucible support, also made of brass. Part C is the platinum crucible, provided with a flange around the top, and was remodeled from ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"An old crucible is cut off about 2 ¡n. from the bottom and the bottom piece is inverted and placed on the fire-bars as a support for the crucible. ..."

3. The Cyclopædia;: Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Abraham Rees by Abraham Rees (1819)
"The crucible is generally removed from the baking fire to the furnace, which would be liable to crack if put into the fire cold. The crucible is placed upon ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The crucible with its contents is then removed from the furnace by the aid of a crane and tongs W, and is ¡placed in a cradle M, which can be tilted by ..."

5. History of the Manufacture of Iron in All Ages: And Particularly in the by James Moore Swank (1892)
"Yet we might have had and should have had a crucible- steel industry at a much earlier day. The success of Garrard Brothers in manufacturing the best ..."

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