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Pronunciation /ˈfəːnɪs/
1 An enclosed structure in which material can be heated to very high temperatures, e.g. for smelting metals.
1.1 North American An appliance fired by gas or oil in which air or water is heated to be circulated throughout a building in a heating system.
1.2 Used to describe a very hot place.

Middle English from Old French fornais(e), from Latin fornax, fornac-, from fornus ‘oven’.


The furnace is running.
The oil jet is gunning.
Because outside it’s cold.
Seven degrees Fahrenheit, I’m told.

It’s no time for screens
Storm windows, it means.
And they’re barely working
Under a blanket I’m lurking.

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