Dictionary Results for refractory

1. refractory - noun

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

Synonym(s): furnace_lining

Hypernym(s): lining, liner

2. refractory - adjective

· not responding to treatment; "a stubborn infection"; "a refractory case of acne"; "stubborn rust stains"

Synonym(s): stubborn

3. refractory - adjective

· temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to a process or stimulus; "the refractory period of a muscle fiber"

4. refractory - adjective

· stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child"

Synonym(s): fractious, recalcitrant

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