Definition of refractory:
- A refractory person.
- Obstinate in disobedience; contumacious; stubborn; unmanageable; as, a refractory child; a refractory beast.
- OPottery) A piece of ware covered with a vaporable flux and placed in a kiln, to communicate a glaze to the other articles.
- 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.
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Robert Lincoln, who was then at home, having discovered Tad's scheme, thought that the men who had been at work all day, ought to be free at night, and told Tad so, but Tad would not listen to him, so Robert appealed the case to his father, who only laughed, as he generally did at Tad's pranks, thought the whole thing a good joke, and gave no orders to the refractory young lieutenant.- "Ten Boys from History", Kate Dickinson Sweetser.
- "Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams.", Josiah Quincy.
Our divisional column, with its trim, sturdy, infantry battalions, its jingling cavalry and artillery, its real live staff, and its imposing transport train, sets us thinking, by sheer force of contrast, of that dim and distant time seven months ago, when we wrestled perspiringly all through long and hot September days, on a dusty barrack square, with squad upon squad of dazed and refractory barbarians, who only ceased shuffling their feet in order to expectorate.- "The First Hundred Thousand", Ian Hay.