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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·frac·to·ry /rɪˈfrækt(ə)ri/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 re·frac·to·ry /rɪˈfrækt(ə)rɪ/ 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·frac·to·ry a.
 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: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·frac·to·ry, n.
 1. A refractory person.
 2. Refractoriness. [Obs.]
 3. OPottery) A piece of ware covered with a vaporable flux and placed in a kiln, to communicate a glaze to the other articles.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: resistant to authority or control; "as refractory as a mule"
      2: 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 : lining consisting of material with a high melting point;
          used to line the inside walls of a furnace [syn: furnace