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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refractory  \Re*frac"to*ry\,  n. 
  1.  A  refractory  person.  --Bp.  Hall. 
  2.  Refractoriness.  [Obs.]  --Jer.  TAylor. 
  3.  OPottery)  A  piece  of  ware  covered  with  a  vaporable  flux 
  and  placed  in  a  kiln,  to  communicate  a  glaze  to  the  other 
  articles.  --Knight. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refractory  \Re*frac"to*ry\  (-r?),  a.  [L.  refractorius  fr 
  refringere:  cf  F.  refractaire  See  {Refract}.] 
  1.  Obstinate  in  disobedience;  contumacious;  stubborn; 
  unmanageable;  as  a  refractory  child;  a  refractory  beast. 
  Raging  appetites  that  are  Most  disobedient  and 
  refractory.  --Shak. 
  2.  Resisting  ordinary  treatment;  difficult  of  fusion, 
  reduction,  or  the  like  --  said  especially  of  metals  and 
  the  like  which  do  not  readily  yield  to  heat,  or  to  the 
  hammer;  as  a  refractory  ore. 
  Syn:  Perverse;  contumacious;  unruly;  stubborn;  obstinate; 
  unyielding;  ungovernable;  unmanageable. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  resistant  to  authority  or  control;  "as  refractory  as  a  mule" 
  2:  (med)  not  responding  to  treatment;  "a  stubborn  infection"; 
  "a  refractory  case  of  acne"  [syn:  {stubborn}] 
  3:  marked  by  stubborn  resistance  to  and  defiant  of  authority  or 
  guidance;  "a  recalcitrant  teenager";  "everything  revolves 
  around  a  refractory  individual  genius"  [syn:  {recalcitrant}] 
  4:  stubbornly  resistant  to  authority  or  control;  "a  fractious 
  animal  that  would  not  submit  to  the  harness";  "a 
  refractory  child"  [syn:  {fractious}] 
  n  :  material  with  a  high  melting  point  that  is  used  to  line  the 
  inside  walls  of  a  furnace  [syn:  {furnace  lining}] 

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