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  ( furnaces    plural  ) A furnace is a container or enclosed space in which a very hot fire is made, for example to melt metal, burn rubbish, or produce steam.      n-count  

blast furnace        ( blast furnaces    plural  ) A blast furnace is a large structure in which iron ore is heated under pressure so that it melts and the pure iron metal separates out and can be collected.      n-count  
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