Pronunciation: (ri-frak'tu-rē), [key]
—adj., n., pl. -ries.
1. hard or impossible to manage; stubbornly disobedient: a refractory child.
2. resisting ordinary methods of treatment.
3. difficult to fuse, reduce, or work, as an ore or metal.
1. a material having the ability to retain its physical shape and chemical identity when subjected to high temperatures.
2. refractories,bricks of various shapes used in lining furnaces.
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