from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A feedpump for steam-boilers, also often used as supplementary to other apparatus.
  • n. An additional steam-pump which can be employed when the main engine is not working, or for special work, such as washing decks, removing bilge-water, or in case of fire.


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  • There was nothin 'for me to do save watch the hawsers an' the Kite's tail squatterin 'down in white watter when she lifted to a sea; so I got steam on the after donkey-pump, an' pumped oot the engine-room.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1


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