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
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Examples from the Web for central heating

  • She's always nervous in lifts, and hates the central-heating.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
  • Miss Mapp sat down on the central-heating pipes in her window, and fell into one of her reconstructive musings.

    Miss Mapp|Edward Frederic Benson
  • The whole establishment is warmed by a central-heating installation, the radiators being well protected with guards.

    The Woman's Part|L. K. Yates

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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