from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A vessel made of a refractory substance such as graphite or porcelain, used for melting and calcining materials at high temperatures.
- n. A severe test, as of patience or belief; a trial. See Synonyms at trial.
- n. A place, time, or situation characterized by the confluence of powerful intellectual, social, economic, or political forces: "Macroeconomics . . . was cast in the crucible of the Depression” ( Peter Passell).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cup-shaped piece of laboratory equipment used to contain chemical compounds when heating them to very high temperatures.
- n. A heat-resistant container in which metals are melted, usually at temperatures above 500°C, commonly made of graphite with clay as a binder.
- n. The bottom and hottest part of a blast furnace; the hearth.
- n. A very difficult and trying experience, that acts as a refining or hardening process.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. A hollow place at the bottom of a furnace, to receive the melted metal.
- n. A test of the most decisive kind; a severe trial.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel or melting-pot for chemical purposes, made of pure clay or other material, as black-lead, porcelain, platinum, silver, or iron, and so baked or tempered as to endure extreme heat without fusing.
- n. A hollow place at the bottom of a chemical furnace, for collecting the molten metal.
- n. Figuratively, a severe or searching test: as, his probity was tried in the crucible of temptation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions
The scope of the crucible is always brought home to me by one single moment: The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff on January 30, 1945.
In this crucible is formed the young Naipaul, who writes home from Oxford to Seepersad Naipaul, his beloved and writerly father and mentor, to say: I want to come top of my group.
Bollingen, which Jung considered his alchemical crucible, is dismissed by Giegerich as
Indeed, cross-examination is often referred to as the crucible of the truth: Combine a defense attorney's direct examination with a forceful cross-examination, and therein a juror discovers the truth.
And someone else's knowledge, I found, was never my own, for the crucible is the experience.
There was the withdrawal of a tiny crucible from the white heat of the furnace, and the sliding back of the door, and then the crucible was a dazzling light fleck that danced through the blackness toward one of the workbenches.
The town of Asuka, often described as the crucible of Japanese civilization, was a cosmopolitan melting pot in the seventh century.
The crucible was a 40-person raid on the dungeonlike Core.
The crucible is a container where you put an element, place it in the fire and heat it so that you burn away all but the pure element.
Gooch's crucible, which is then dried and weighed.