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central heating

a system that supplies heat to an entire building from a single source through ducts or through pipes.
Origin of central heating
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We should keep steam up in our tug, and use her at moorings as a central heating plant.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • They urge, therefore, further experimentation with central heating.

    New Homes for Old Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
  • The electric power-house thus becomes a central heating plant to supply stores, offices, and residences.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • 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
  • Von Bhl promises me central heating for the Old Schloss every autumn.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • She had had terrible difficulties about the central heating.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • Not only houses are warmed by a central heating stove, but whole communities sometimes depend upon a central heating plant.

    General Science Bertha M. Clark
  • 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
  • The house is warmed by central heating and electric radiators, and there is a radiator and complete gas range in the kitchen.

    The Labour-saving House Dorothy Constance Bayliff Peel
British Dictionary definitions for central heating

central heating

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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