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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace;
[syn: furnace lining, refractory]


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. not responding to treatment;
- Example: "a stubborn infection"
- Example: "a refractory case of acne"
- Example: "stubborn rust stains"
[syn: refractory, stubborn]

2. temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to nervous or sexual stimuli;
- Example: "the refractory period of a muscle fiber"

3. stubbornly resistant to authority or control;
- Example: "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"
- Example: "a refractory child"
[syn: fractious, refractory, recalcitrant]

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4 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Refractory \Re*frac"to*ry\, n. 1. A refractory person. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. Refractoriness. [Obs.] --Jer. TAylor. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Raging appetites that are Most disobedient and refractory. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: Perverse; contumacious; unruly; stubborn; obstinate; unyielding; ungovernable; unmanageable. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

refractory adj 1: not responding to treatment; "a stubborn infection"; "a refractory case of acne"; "stubborn rust stains" [syn: refractory, stubborn] 2: temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to nervous or sexual stimuli; "the refractory period of a muscle fiber" 3: stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child" [syn: fractious, refractory, recalcitrant] n 1: lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace [syn: furnace lining, refractory]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

123 Moby Thesaurus words for "refractory": adversary, adversative, adverse, alien, antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antithetic, at odds, averse, beyond control, breachy, bullheaded, china, clashing, clay, competitive, complaining, con, conflicting, contradictory, contrary, contumacious, counter, cross, cursory, defiant, deviant, differing, disaccordant, disagreeing, disinclined, disobedient, disputatious, disputing, dissentient, dissenting, dissident, enamel, enemy, forced, fractious, headstrong, hostile, impatient of control, incorrigible, indisposed, indocile, indomitable, inimical, insuppressible, intractable, involuntary, irrepressible, mulish, mutinous, negative, nonconformable, nonconforming, noncooperative, nonobservant, objecting, obstinate, obstreperous, obstructive, on the barricades, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, ornery, out of hand, overthwart, perfunctory, perverse, porcelain, proof against, protesting, rebellious, recalcitrant, recusant, reluctant, renitent, repellent, repugnant, resistant, resisting, resistive, restive, retardant, retardative, rival, self-willed, shrewish, stiff-necked, stubborn, sulky, sullen, unadaptable, unadjustable, unbiddable, uncompliant, unconforming, unconsenting, uncontrollable, uncooperative, unfavorable, unfriendly, ungovernable, unmalleable, unmanageable, unmoldable, unpropitious, unruly, unsubmissive, unwilling, unyielding, up in arms, wild, withstanding