from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An arm or rod by which a stirring or agitating action is produced in a bed or mass of ore under treatment in a furnace. In puddling by hand, the molten bath is stirred by the puddler's rabble; in roasting-furnaces where the metal is not in fusion, the mass can be mechanically kept from agglomerating, and every part be exposed to oxidation by a revolving arm or arms producing the action of a rabble.


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