Crucible

Definition of Crucible

Cru´ci`ble   Pronunciation: krų´sĭ`b'l
n.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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