Definition of crucible noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkruːsɪbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːsɪbl//
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  1. 1a pot in which substances are heated to high temperatures, metals are melted, etc.
  2. 2(formal or literary) a place or situation in which people or ideas are tested severely, often creating something new or exciting in the process an alliance forged in the crucible of war The Lake District in 1800 was the crucible of the new Romantic movement in English poetry.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin crucibulum ‘night lamp, crucible’ (perhaps originally a lamp hanging in front of a crucifix), from Latin crux, cruc- ‘cross’.
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