refractory

  • 1 Refractory — Re*frac to*ry ( r?), a. [L. refractorius, fr. refringere: cf. F. refractaire. See {Refract}.] 1. Obstinate in disobedience; contumacious; stubborn; unmanageable; as, a refractory child; a refractory beast. [1913 Webster] Raging appetites that are …

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  • 2 Refractory — Re*frac to*ry, n. 1. A refractory person. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. Refractoriness. [Obs.] Jer. TAylor. [1913 Webster] 3. OPottery) A piece of ware covered with a vaporable flux and placed in a kiln, to communicate a glaze to the other articles …

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  • 3 refractory — [ri frak′tər ē] adj. [altered < obs. refractary < L refractarius < refractus: see REFRACT] 1. hard to manage; stubborn; obstinate: said of a person or animal 2. resistant to heat; hard to melt or work: said of ores or metals 3. a) not… …

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  • 4 Refractory — Refractory. См. Огнеупор. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …

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  • 5 refractory — index contumacious, difficult, disobedient, disorderly, fractious, froward, hostile, incorrigible, ind …

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  • 6 refractory — stubborn, obstinate, perverse, 1610s (earlier refractorious, 1550s), from L. refractarius obstinate …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 refractory — recalcitrant, intractable, ungovernable, *unruly, headstrong, willful Analogous words: *contrary, perverse, froward, wayward: *insubordinate, rebellious, contumacious Antonyms: malleable: amenable (sense 2) …

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  • 8 refractory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) formal stubborn or unmanageable. 2) Medicine not yielding to treatment. 3) technical heat resistant; hard to melt or fuse. DERIVATIVES refractoriness noun. ORIGIN Latin refractarius stubborn …

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  • 9 Refractory — A refractory is a material that retains its strength at high temperatures. ASTM C71 defines refractories as non metallic materials having those chemical and physical properties that made them applicable for structures, or as components of systems …

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  • 10 refractory — refractorily, adv. refractoriness, n. /ri frak teuh ree/, adj., n., pl. refractories. adj. 1. hard or impossible to manage; stubbornly disobedient: a refractory child. 2. resisting ordinary methods of treatment. 3. difficult to fuse, reduce, or… …

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  • 11 Refractory — Not yielding (at least not yielding readily) to treatment. * * * 1. Resistant to treatment, as of a disease. SYN: intractable (1), obstinate (2). 2. SYN: obstinate (1). [L. refractarius, fr. refringo, pp. fractus, to break in pieces] * * *… …

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  • 12 refractory — I. adjective Etymology: alteration of refractary, from Latin refractarius, irregular from refragari to oppose, from re + fragari (as in suffragari to support with one s vote) Date: 1606 1. resisting control or authority ; stubborn, unmanageable 2 …

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  • 13 refractory — 1. adjective /ɹɪˈfɹæk.təɹ.i/ a) Obstinate and unruly; strongly opposed to something. Mr. Weller knocked at the door, and after a pretty long interval occupied by the party without, in whistling a tune, and by the party within, in persuading a… …

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  • 14 refractory — [[t]rɪfræ̱ktəri[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Refractory people are difficult to deal with or control, for example because they are unwilling to obey orders. [FORMAL] ...refractory priests who refused to side with the king. Syn: recalcitrant …

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  • 15 refractory — /rəˈfræktəri / (say ruh fraktuhree) adjective 1. stubborn; unmanageable: a refractory child. 2. resisting ordinary methods of treatment. 3. difficult to fuse, reduce, or work, as an ore or metal. –noun (plural refractories) 4. a material having… …

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  • 16 refractory — re|frac|to|ry [rıˈfræktəri] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: refractarius, from refragari to oppose ] 1.) formal deliberately not obeying someone in authority and being difficult to deal with or control = ↑unruly 2.) medical a refractory… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 refractory — re|frac|to|ry [ rı frækt(ə)ri ] adjective 1. ) VERY FORMAL badly behaved and difficult to control 2. ) MEDICAL a refractory illness does not improve despite medical treatment …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 refractory —    Resistant to high temperatures. Refractory materials are used for molds in lost wax casting and for kiln furniture on which ceramic ware stands while it is fired. Also see refraction …

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  • 19 refractory — adjective, formal their refractory children Syn: obstinate, stubborn, mulish, pigheaded, obdurate, headstrong, self willed, wayward, willful, perverse, contrary, recalcitrant, obstreperous, disobedient, difficult; informal balky; archaic c …

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  • 20 refractory — UK [rɪˈfrækt(ə)rɪ] / US adjective medical a refractory illness does not improve despite medical treatment …

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