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Meaning of BOILER

Pronunciation:  'boylur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  sealed vessel where water is converted to steam
  2. [n]  a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid

BOILER is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: kettle, steam boiler
 See Also: auxiliary boiler, boilerplate, donkey boiler, heat, heating, heating plant, heating system, pot, steam engine, steam whistle, teakettle, vessel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Boil"er\, n.
    1. One who boils.
    2. A vessel in which any thing is boiled.
    Note: The word boiler is a generic term covering a great
          variety of kettles, saucepans, clothes boilers,
          evaporators, coppers, retorts, etc.
    3. (Mech.) A strong metallic vessel, usually of wrought iron
       plates riveted together, or a composite structure
       variously formed, in which steam is generated for driving
       engines, or for heating, cooking, or other purposes.
    Note: The earliest steam boilers were usually spheres or
          sections of spheres, heated wholly from the outside.
          Watt used the wagon boiler (shaped like the top of a
          covered wagon) which is still used with low pressures.
          Most of the boilers in present use may be classified as
          plain cylinder boilers, flue boilers, sectional and
          tubular boilers.
    {Barrel of a boiler}, the cylindrical part containing the
    {Boiler plate}, {Boiler iron}, plate or rolled iron of about
       a quarter to a half inch in thickness, used for making
       boilers and tanks, for covering ships, etc.
    {Cylinder boiler}, one which consists of a single iron
    {Flue boilers} are usually single shells containing a small
       number of large flues, through which the heat either
       passes from the fire or returns to the chimney, and
       sometimes containing a fire box inclosed by water.
    {Locomotive boiler}, a boiler which contains an inclosed fire
       box and a large number of small flues leading to the
    {Multiflue boiler}. Same as {Tubular boiler}, below.
    {Sectional boiler}, a boiler composed of a number of
       sections, which are usually of small capacity and similar
       to, and connected with, each other. By multiplication of
       the sections a boiler of any desired capacity can be built
    {Tubular boiler}, a boiler containing tubes which form flues,
       and are surrounded by the water contained in the boiler.
       See Illust. {of Steam boiler}, under {Steam}.
    {Tubulous boiler}. See under {Tubulous}. See {Tube}, n., 6,
       and 1st {Flue}.
  2. \Boil"er\, n.
    A sunken reef; esp., a coral reef on which the sea breaks