from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The determination of the temperature at which kerosene or other hydrocarbon oil used for illumination on being gradually heated first gives off enough vapor to catch fire from a momentarily applied match or electric spark. Same as
- noun The subjecting of pottery or porcelain to various degrees of heat in a kiln to ascertain its relative hardness or fire-resisting properties.
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She was of those who maintained that so-called “levitation” was achieved by standing on your toes; the “fire-test” by your having previously applied chemicals to the palm of your hand; while the spirits that walked about were just so much drapery on a broomstick.
"I suppose you wish to give us the fire-test," remarked one of the company.
England had challenged him to a competitive ordeal by fire, and had been defeated, apparently without recourse to the fire-test.
The King and his ministers had hearkened unto him ” young Edward with approval, Northumberland with such emotions as we may imagine ” while the Primate of England had challenged him to a competitive ordeal by fire, and had been defeated, apparently without recourse to the fire-test.