from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dam or front in an iron-smelting furnace, made of sand and fire-clay with iron backing, so as to be easily replaced as it is eroded by heat and chemical action. The construction of molded fire-brick with water-cooling in the iron back is the more modern design. The cooling prevents both softening and chemical combination.


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