Meaning of BOILER in English


— boilerless , adj.

/boy"leuhr/ , n.

1. a closed vessel or arrangement of vessels and tubes, together with a furnace or other heat source, in which steam or other vapor is generated from water to drive turbines or engines, supply heat, process certain materials, etc. Cf. fire-tube boiler, water-tube boiler .

2. a vessel, as a kettle, for boiling or heating.

3. Brit. a large tub in which laundry is boiled or sterilized.

4. a tank in which water is heated and stored, as for supplying hot water.

[ 1530-40; BOIL 1 + -ER 1 ]

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