from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The force-pump employed in supplying the boiler of a steam-engine with water.
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It just becomes part of the monotony of your daily life, especially if you have, as we had that morning, to wait your turn before you could wash, at the waste-water drippings from a locomotive feed-pump.
The crank-throws give the double bass, the feed-pump sobs an 'heaves,
The feed-pump eccentric-shaft of this engine, which was very poor and flaky, suddenly gave out about five in the afternoon, and I had to stop in a hurry, and that sweet invisible mechanism which had crooned and crooned about my ears in the air, and followed me whithersoever I went, stopped too.
I examined both engines, and found them of the old boiler steam-type with manholes, heaters, autoclaves, feed-pump, &c., now rare in western countries, except England.
The crank-throws give the double-bass; the feed-pump sobs an 'heaves:
The crank-throws give the double-bass, the feed-pump sobs an 'heaves,
"Put your engine in the house and take down the feed-pump you were complaining about.