Definitions

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  • n. One who operates a furnace in metalworking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who tends a furnace.

Etymologies

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furnace +‎ -man

Examples

  • On the east side, across the river, he built his first plant, a small one, with the blast heated by passing through cast iron pipes, with the furnaceman testing the temperature with strips of lead and zinc, and the skip hoist a patient mule.

    A Poor Wise Man

  • The gear is taken from the furnace by the furnaceman and placed in the lower die, surrounding the centering jaws, as shown at _H_ in

    The Working of Steel Annealing, Heat Treating and Hardening of Carbon and Alloy Steel

  • He decided, after mature deliberation, that the magnetic separation of low-grade ores on a colossal scale at a low cost was the only practical way of supplying the furnaceman with a high quality of iron ore.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions, vol. 2

  • A coach and four at that moment would not have compensated him for the fact that a complaisant, red-headed furnaceman, a "po 'white trash" arrived but yesterday, was being allowed to pass the tray that by all rights of precedence belonged to him.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill

  • They have no idea that not only their furnaceman and washwoman, but also their tailor and their watchmaker, or perhaps the teacher of their children, and, if they examine more carefully, three of their last dinner guests, are strolling for hours or for a night, or living for seasons, if not for a lifetime, in that world of superstition and anti-intellectual mentality.

    Psychology and Social Sanity

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