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boiler

[boi-ler]
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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.Compare fire-tube boiler, water-tube boiler.
  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 of boiler

First recorded in 1530–40; boil1 + -er1
Related formsboil·er·less, adjective
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boiler

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 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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