Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An enclosed vessel in which water is heated and circulated, either as hot water or as steam, for heating or power.
  • noun A container, such as a kettle, for boiling liquids.
  • noun A storage tank for hot water.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small isolated reef or atoll below water.
  • noun A boiler whose cross-section is an oval or an ellipse.
  • noun A boiler made up of a number of tubes in which steam is generated; a water-tube boiler.
  • noun A person who boils.
  • noun A vessel in which anything is boiled.
  • noun A strong metallic structure in which steam is generated for driving engines or for other purposes. See steam-boiler.
  • noun Something, as a vegetable, that is suitable for boiling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A sunken reef; esp., a coral reef on which the sea breaks heavily.
  • noun One who boils.
  • noun A vessel in which any thing is boiled.
  • noun (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.
  • noun the cylindrical part containing the flues.
  • noun plate or rolled iron of about a quarter to a half inch in thickness, used for making boilers and tanks, for covering ships, etc.
  • noun one which consists of a single iron cylinder.
  • noun 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.
  • noun a boiler which contains an inclosed fire box and a large number of small flues leading to the chimney.
  • noun Same as Tubular boiler, below.
  • noun 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 up.
  • noun a boiler containing tubes which form flues, and are surrounded by the water contained in the boiler. See Illust. of Steam boiler, under Steam.
  • noun See under Tubulous. See Tube, n., 6, and 1st Flue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun rare, informal Boilerplate.
  • noun An apparatus that generates heat (usually by burning fuel) and uses it to heat circulating water (or sometimes another liquid) in a closed system that is then used for space heating, swimming pool heating, or domestic hot water or industrial processes.
  • noun Less commonly, a hot water heater.
  • noun A fuel burning apparatus in which water is boiled to produce steam for space heating, power generation, or industrial processes. (more precisely) An apparatus in which a heat source other than a hot liquid or steam (most commonly burning fuel, exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine or gas turbine, waste heat from a process, solar energy or electricity) is used to boil water (or rarely another liquid), under pressure to provide steam (or other gas) for use as a heat source in calorifiers, heat exchangers or heat emitters, or for use directly for humidification, in an industrial process, or to power steam turbines.
  • noun A kitchen vessel for steaming or boiling food.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun sealed vessel where water is converted to steam
  • noun a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid

Etymologies

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Shortening of boilerplate

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

boil +‎ -er

Examples

  • This recommendation has been generally accepted by American engineers as a standard, and when the term boiler horse power is used in connection with stationary boilers [58] throughout this country, [59] without special definition, it is understood to have this meaning.

    Steam, Its Generation and Use

  • To do away with the confusion resulting from an indefinite meaning of the term boiler horse power, the Committee of Judges in charge of the boiler trials at the Centennial Exposition, 1876, at Philadelphia, ascertained that a good engine of the type prevailing at the time required approximately 30 pounds of steam per hour per horse power developed.

    Steam, Its Generation and Use

  • The term boiler horse power, therefore, is clearly a measure of evaporation and not of power.

    Steam, Its Generation and Use

  • While the water in the bottom of the double-boiler is coming to a boil, mix together the eggs, sugar and cocoa in the top half, of the (cold) double-boiler and then place it onto the bottom.

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  • While the water in the bottom of the double-boiler is coming to a boil, mix together the eggs, sugar and cocoa in the top half, of the (cold) double-boiler and then place it onto the bottom.

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  • Pope's gang stole the identity, history and shareholder base of dormant, publicly trading companies in America before coldcalling investors using "high pressure and misleading sales techniques", in what is known as a "boiler room" scam.

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  • All you need to make a double boiler is a mixing bowl (preferably glass/pyrex or metal) and a saucepan that the bowl will fit on top of.

    How to make a double boiler | Baking Bites

  • This morning a Mantao employee answered the phone and said that their boiler is broken and they are waiting for the landlord to fix it.

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  • Trying to explain boiler start ups or shut downs is commendable.

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  • While the water in the bottom of the double-boiler is coming to a boil, mix together the eggs, sugar and cocoa in the top half, of the (cold) double-boiler and then place it onto the bottom.

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  • a derogatory term for a woman of loose morals

    June 13, 2009

  • (n.) Moonshiners' term for the container in which mash is initially cooked or heated. Also called a "pot."

    August 26, 2009