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boiler

[boi-ler] /ˈbɔɪ lər/
noun
1.
a closed vessel or arrangement of vessels and tubes, together with a furnace or other heat source, in which steam or other vapor is generated from water to drive turbines or engines, supply heat, process certain materials, etc.
2.
a vessel, as a kettle, for boiling or heating.
3.
British. a large tub in which laundry is boiled or sterilized.
4.
a tank in which water is heated and stored, as for supplying hot water.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; boil1 + -er1
Related forms
boilerless, adjective
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Examples from the web for boilers
  • Construction of boilers is mainly in steel, stainless steel, and wrought iron.
  • Electric steam boilers use resistance or immersion type heating elements.
  • Hydronic boilers are used in generating heat for residential and industrial purposes.
British Dictionary definitions for boilers

boiler

/ˈbɔɪlə/
noun
1.
a closed vessel or arrangement of enclosed tubes in which water is heated to supply steam to drive an engine or turbine or provide heat
2.
a domestic device burning solid fuel, gas, or oil, to provide hot water, esp for central heating
3.
a large tub for boiling laundry
4.
a tough old chicken for cooking by boiling
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Word Origin and History for boilers

boiler

n.

1540s, agent noun from boil (v.). Meaning "vessel for boiling" is from 1725; steam engine sense is from 1757.

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Slang definitions & phrases for boilers

boiler

Related Terms

potboiler


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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