from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete type of steam-boiler the general form of which was spherical like that of a kettle, with a flat bottom over the fire.
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A small charcoal burner smoked in the stern, which heated a brass kettle-boiler, and was attached by gears and chains to a propeller facing the rear.
"Then buy _half_ a loaf," said I, wheeling about and resuming my walk, not without a good many hard epithets in return from my kettle-boiler.