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steam boiler

  1. a receptacle in which water is boiled to generate steam.
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Origin of steam boiler

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Historical Examples of steam-boiler

  • In a moment I perceived that the steam-boiler, from which the tavern was warmed, had exploded.

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

    Edward E. Hale

  • Steam-boiler to generate steam for pasteurising, scalding, etc.

  • This is probably the earliest record of a steam-boiler explosion.

  • The largest shipments will be from the Gilman Mines for domestic and steam-boiler purposes.

  • His tongue, which had laid in a stock of nervous fluid for roaring like a steam-boiler a little opened, was palsied.

British Dictionary definitions for steam-boiler


  1. a vessel in which water is boiled to generate steam. An industrial boiler usually consists of a system of parallel tubes through which water passes, suspended above a furnace
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