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REFRACTORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does refractory mean? 

REFRACTORY (noun)
  The noun REFRACTORY has 1 sense:

1. lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace

  Familiarity information: REFRACTORY used as a noun is very rare.


REFRACTORY (adjective)
  The adjective REFRACTORY has 3 senses:

1. not responding to treatment
2. temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to nervous or sexual stimuli
3. stubbornly resistant to authority or control

  Familiarity information: REFRACTORY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REFRACTORY (noun)


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Meaning:

Lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

furnace lining; refractory

Hypernyms ("refractory" is a kind of...):

lining (a protective covering that protects an inside surface)

Meronyms (substance of "refractory"):

fireclay (a heat-resistant clay)

alumina; aluminium oxide; aluminum oxide (any of various forms of aluminum oxide occurring naturally as corundum)


REFRACTORY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Not responding to treatment

Synonyms:

refractory; stubborn

Context examples:

a stubborn infection / a refractory case of acne / stubborn rust stains

Similar:

intractable (not tractable; difficult to manage or mold)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)


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Meaning:

Temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to nervous or sexual stimuli

Context example:

the refractory period of a muscle fiber

Similar:

unresponsive (not responding to some influence or stimulus)


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Meaning:

Stubbornly resistant to authority or control

Synonyms:

fractious; recalcitrant; refractory

Context examples:

a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness / a refractory child

Similar:

disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)


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