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[ri-vur-ber-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈvɜr bər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
characterized or produced by reverberation.
noting a furnace, kiln, or the like in which the fuel is not in direct contact with the ore, metal, etc., to be heated, but furnishes a flame that plays over the material, especially by being deflected downward from the roof.
deflected, as flame.
noun, plural reverberatories.
any device, as a furnace, embodying reverberation.
Origin of reverberatory
1595-1605; reverberate + -ory1
Related forms
semireverberatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reverberatory
  • For example, sweating recovers aluminum from high-iron-content scrap by heating the scrap in an open flame reverberatory furnace.
  • Blister copper is fire refined in reverberatory or rotary furnaces known as anode furnaces.
  • Conventional reverberatory smelting is used as a basis for comparison.
  • Coal, oil, and natural gas are used to fire reverberatory furnaces.
  • Tin is obtained by reducing the ore with coal in a reverberatory furnace.
  • As depicted in the figure, the copper scrap from various sources is sent to a reverberatory furnace to be smelted.
  • For example, sweating recovers aluminum from high iron content scrap by heating the scrap in an open flame reverberatory furnace.
British Dictionary definitions for reverberatory


/rɪˈvɜːbərətərɪ; -trɪ/
characterized by, utilizing, or produced by reverberation
noun (pl) -ries
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