solar furnace

solar furnace
a concave mirror that concentrates the rays of the sun; can produce high temperatures
Syn: ↑solar dish, ↑solar collector
Hypernyms: ↑reflector
Part Holonyms: ↑solar thermal system

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: a heating unit utilizing the rays of the sun concentrated by means of a concave mirror

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a furnace using sunlight concentrated by concave mirrors as the direct source of heat.

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solar furnace noun
A furnace using sunlight (guided and focused by a system of mirrors) as a heat source
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Main Entry:solar

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solar furnace,
a furnace heated by energy from the sun. It is used in research because the usual accompanying impurities of burning fuel are absent. »

Solar furnaces, reaching temperatures of 3,000 degrees centigrade, focus the sun's heat by one or more mirrors (Science News Letter).

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