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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.
Compare fire-tube boiler, water-tube boiler.
a vessel, as a kettle, for boiling or heating.
British. a large tub in which laundry is boiled or sterilized.
a tank in which water is heated and stored, as for supplying hot water.
Contemporary Examples

‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and AMC’s Push to Reset Dramas Andrew Romano May 29, 2014
Where We Found Ethan Hawke, Harvey Weinstein, and Jessica Alba Last Night Rachel Syme November 4, 2008
Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson Michael Daly November 17, 2014
Diesel Trains May Soon Use Natural Gas Instead The Daily Beast May 26, 2014
Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson Michael Daly November 17, 2014

Historical Examples

The Blue Dragon Kirk Munroe
Scientific American Supplement, No. 433, April 19, 1884 Various
The Steam Engine Explained and Illustrated (Seventh Edition) Dionysius Lardner
Little Masterpieces of Science: Various
Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II Joshua Rose

a closed vessel or arrangement of enclosed tubes in which water is heated to supply steam to drive an engine or turbine or provide heat
a domestic device burning solid fuel, gas, or oil, to provide hot water, esp for central heating
a large tub for boiling laundry
a tough old chicken for cooking by boiling


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