December 25 [Tue], 2012, 18:41
cru;ci;ble pronunciation: function: noun etymology: middle english corusible, from medieval latin crucibulum earthen pot for melting metalsdate: 15th century 1 : a vessel of a very refractory material (as porcelain) used for melting and calcining a substance that requires a high degree of heat2 : a severe test3 : a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development lt;conditioned by having grown up within the crucible of chinatown — tom wolfegt;