Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A heater the temperature of which is maintained by the circulation of hot steam within it, as in a coil or radiator for heating the air of buildings.
  • noun A device for heating food or plates, in which hollow shelves have steam circulating between their walls.
  • noun A device for heating or boiling water or other liquids, in which steam in coils or hollow plates is circulated within the liquid to be heated.

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Examples

  • An 'it' u'd take off a lot o 'this chill an' dampness if they'd have a steam-heater put in at th 'same time.

    The Aztec Treasure-House

  • His zeal in behalf of making the protective principle irresistible by associating it intimately with reciprocity, was so strong that he grew impatient when others were tedious in comprehension; and there was a story of his concluding a sharp admonition to the laborers on the tariff schedules by "smashing his new silk hat on a steam-heater in the committee-room."

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 2, January, 1896

  • The lantern bounced away across the room, and wrecked itself on the reef of the steam-heater.

    The Intrusion of Jimmy

  • The church was icy cold, and he toiled in the cellar, stuffing wood into the flaming maw of the steam-heater, till it was time to ring the bell.

    Hillsboro People

  • The church was icy cold, and he toiled in the cellar, stuffing wood into the flaming maw of the steam-heater, till it was time to ring the bell.

    A Bird Out of the Snare

  • I had turned on the steam-heater after placing a tin under the leaky water-cock -- for perhaps you do not know that water will leak where steam will not.

    Some Reminiscences

  • This apparatus of nature, although so much simpler, and working without pipes, iron boiler, or radiators, is exactly the same in principle as the steam-heater, which may be seen at work in almost every large factory.

    Religion and Chemistry

  • He continued pacing up and down the outer office, stopping now and then to note the heap of white ribbons tangled up in a wicker basket -- records of the disasters and triumphs of the day before, -- or to gaze silently at the large map that hung over the steam-heater, or to study in an aimless way the stock lists skewered to the wall.

    Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman

  • Meanwhile, the couple has been heating their house with a turkey fryer-turned steam-heater and trying to save frozen food in a washing machine filled with ice.

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  • a friend who rode out with him to see the statue that he thought the most accurate and impressive of all the likenesses of Lincoln and was fond of driving to see, located in a park east of the Capitol -- that by Story -- whether he had "smashed a new silk hat" on a steam-heater on behalf of reciprocity; and he softly responded, "It was not a new hat."

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 2, January, 1896

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