from The Century Dictionary.

  • Noting a fire or furnace which is supplied with fuel by the underfeed system. See underfeed.
  • In ceramics, insufficiently baked; hence, either not as hard in the paste as it should be, or with the colors imperfectly developed. Also called short-fired.


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