- /krooh"seuh beuhl/, n.1. a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures.2. Metall. a hollow area at the bottom of a furnace in which the metal collects.3. a severe, searching test or trial.[1400-50; late ME crusible, corusible < ML crucibulum; cf. AF crusil, OF croi-suel, croisol night lamp, crucible < Gallo-Rom *croceolus (of uncert. orig.), prob. Latinized on the model of turibulum THURIBLE]
* * *Pot of clay or other refractory material, used from ancient times as a container for melting metals or other materials.Modern crucibles may be small laboratory utensils for conducting high-temperature chemical reactions and analyses, or large industrial vessels for melting and calcining metal, ore, or glass, and may be made of clay, graphite, porcelain, or a relatively infusible metal.
* * *pot of clay or other refractory material. Used from ancient times as a container for melting or testing metals, crucibles were probably so named from the Latin word crux, “cross” or “trial.” Modern crucibles may be small laboratory utensils for conducting high-temperature chemical reactions and analyses or large industrial vessels for melting and calcining metal and ore; they may be made of clay, graphite, porcelain, or a relatively infusible metal.
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