from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In a blast-furnace, a machine used to receive the coal, limestone, and ore, collectively known as stock, and distribute it evenly inside the furnace. It consists essentially of a revolving hopper and spout inclosed in the gas-tight cap of the furnace. When filled with stock from the skips or barrows it revolves and deposits its load in a spiral path over the burning mass of stock in the furnace. See blast-furnace.
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