Wind-furnace

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wind-furnace any form of furnace using the natural draught of a chimney without aid of a bellows
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wind; Ice. vindr, Ger. wind, L. ventus, Gr. aētēs, Sans. vāta, wind.

Usage

In literature:

The noon hours were hot, and seemed to give promise of the white summer blaze and blasting furnace wind soon to come.
"Desert Gold" by Zane Grey
Next day was one of the rare, blistering-hot days with a furnace wind that roared over the wheat-fields.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
That night the wind switched and blew cold from the north, and so strong that the camp-fire roared like a furnace.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
The wind seemed like a blast of hot air from an opened furnace door.
"The Jungle Girl" by Gordon Casserly
So far from there being a cool breeze to temper it, a hot wind blew from the desert, like the blast from a furnace.
"A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'" by Annie Allnut Brassey
The roar of the wind through the glowing furnace was awful and appalling.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Since furnace efficiency is largely dependent upon air control, a strong wind sometimes makes it difficult to heat portions of the house.
"The Complete Home" by Various
But now and then we had strong gusts of hot wind, like the breath of a furnace.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
Hot winds sweeping as though from a furnace.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
A blast of wind, as if from a furnace, swept across the plateau, and it was laden with red dust.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
The rear slope of the barricade became a furnace; the wind behind him swept the smoke clouds down the passage.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The wind had almost died out, and the air was like that of a furnace.
"The Red Mustang" by William O. Stoddard
There was a stiff wind blowing, fanning the flames to furnace heat.
"Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days" by Howard R. Garis
As the wind rushes through an empty furnace, so does so-called public opinion rush through these empty heads.
"Withered Leaves. Vol. III.(of III)" by Rudolf von Gottschall
The barn was now but a roaring furnace; the cries had ceased; the moaning of the fire and the night wind alone remained.
"The Great White Army" by Max Pemberton
The wind, heated once more to furnace pitch, moaned threateningly along the hillside, but here all was cool, grateful and quiet.
"By Veldt and Kopje" by William Charles Scully
The wind came like a breath from a furnace, an' the hair on my head split an' curled up under the heat.
"Tales from the Veld" by Ernest Glanville
That was in furnace-hot midsummer weather, when he had been out all day in a north wind.
"Thirty Years in Australia" by Ada Cambridge
A wind that was as hot as a furnace blast beat upon him.
"The Heart of Denise and Other Tales" by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
Daybreak brought with it the fierce north wind, fiery as the blast of a furnace, and strong as a gale.
"Australian Pictures" by Howard Willoughby
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In poetry:

Like glowing furnace of the forge,
How the winds rise and roar, as they
Up twisting valley, craggy gorge,
Seek, and still seek, to storm their way;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

The dust has literally settled in Oshkosh, and there was a good deal of it on the first days of AirVenture 2012 when high temperatures and winds turned the headquarters of U2OSH — Unleaded to Oshkosh — into a blast furnace.
Seemingly endless unforgiving days of furnace-like heat and humidity gave in Wednesday and the skies opened up with torrents of rain, thunder, lightning and ripping wind.
A Self- Sufficient Energy Mix Wind turbines deployed in conjunction with solar energy and a series of furnaces burning straw and wood chips manage to heat and power the entire island of Samso with energy to spare.
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In science:

These elements therefore were not present in the primordial gas, and their abundance increased as supernovae and stellar winds delivered the products of the stellar nuclear furnaces to interstellar space. 45. V.
The Dark Age of the Universe
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