from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of steam-boiler, of large water-capacity, in which a second drum or shell is placed over the principal one, somewhat as is done in an elephant-boiler.
  • n. A form of locomotive engine in which the fire-box has an unusual width so as to secure a low rate of combustion per square foot of grate. The engineer's cab has to be placed in front of the fire-box, and is somewhat in the same relative position on the boiler as is the hump of the camel on its back.


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  • I feared that it would be necessary to travel via Cosseir, for which there was scarcely time, or to transfer myself on camel-back to the harbour of Tur, and there to await the chance of finding a place in some half-filled vessel to Al-Hijaz, — which would have been relying upon an accident.

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