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hot well

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noun
  1. a tank or reservoir in which hot water is collected before being recirculated, especially condensed steam about to be returned to a boiler.

Origin of hot well

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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  • The excess of this water flows away to the hot-well through the pipe W.

    A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine

    Robert H. Thurston

  • The contrivance by which the boilers of a steamer are supplied with water from the hot-well, while the engines are at work.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • All steam supplied to the turbine obviously goes to swell the hot-well contents, and to thus increase the total steam consumption.

    Steam Turbines

    Hubert E. Collins