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central heating

noun
1.
a system that supplies heat to an entire building from a single source through ducts or through pipes.
Origin of central heating
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10
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  • He plans to connect it by piping with the central heating plant.

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
  • They urge, therefore, further experimentation with central heating.

    New Homes for Old Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
  • Von Bhl promises me central heating for the Old Schloss every autumn.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • It was—as some atheist or other put it the other day—the central heating of the soul.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
  • She had had terrible difficulties about the central heating.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • central heating, you know, because Jack says there will be no coal very soon, and my darling Daddy is going to pay the bill.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • When I asked the hotel people why the central heating was not on, they said that there is no coal.

  • Larger use of central heating plants, with higher efficiency than many local plants.

  • The lady in question, by the way, seems rather disappointed to find that Casa Grande has what she called “central heating.”

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for central heating

central heating

noun
1.
a system for heating the rooms of a building by means of radiators or air vents connected by pipes or ducts to a central source of heat
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