from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a furnace for reducing iron from the ore, or for melting iron for castings, etc.; a forge; a reverberatory; a bloomery.
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In April he purchased at Manheim, sixty miles west of Philadelphia, the estate of Baron Henry William Stiegel, an eccentric German immigrant who had erected an iron furnace and glassworks, and then went bankrupt.
Further down the track in a clearing we come across a charcoal-burner’s hut and kiln, a huge square rusty iron furnace with an eight-foot steel door.
The iron furnace was made at Leghorn, of the dimensions of a human body, according to Trelawny's orders; and on August 15 the body of Lieutenant Williams was disinterred from the sand where it had been buried when cast up.