boiling-house

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A local West Indian term for the building, at a sugar-mill, in which the cane-juice, expressed in the cane-mill, is boiled down to the syrup from which sugar is made.
  • noun A scale-division near the above-mentioned nick, indicating the boiling-point under standard pressure of one atmosphere.
  • noun The thermometric temperature of standard boiling water or its steam, that is, 100°C., 80°R., or 212°F.
  • noun The correct reading of the thermometer immersed in steam from boiling water under some special low pressure, such as that on the summit of a mountain. This boiling-point depends directly on the atmospheric pressure and is utilized to ascertain the latter when the mercurial barometer is not available.

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