a reservoir or arrangement of tubing at the back of certain stoves or fireplaces for containing water to be heated by the fire.
CAN YOU ACE THIS QUIZ ABOUT “COMPLIMENT” VS. “COMPLEMENT”?
Take this quiz to see if you really know the difference between “compliment” and “complement"!
Question 1 of 11
“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
Origin of water back
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
Words nearby water back
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Example sentences from the Web for water back
A range with a water-back is among the must-bes in "our house."
British Dictionary definitions for water back
the US name for back boiler
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