Any non-metallic material able to maintain its physical structure at high temperatures. Refractory materials must have a melting point above 1580 degrees Centigrade. Examples of refractory materials include asbestos, bricks, and many ceramics. Refractory materials are used in furnaces and kilns for the manufacture of glass, ceramics, and many metal products.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Resistant to thermal shock
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- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000