from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An iron chamber or reservoir or a combination of pipes, at the back of a cooking-range or other fireplace, to utilize the heat of the fire in providing a supply of hot water.
- n. In brewing, a cistern which holds the water used for mashing.
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He had not been gone half an hour when the water-back blew up.
Mary cheerfully declared her regret that Mr. Close had not been bending over the stove with his lie in his throat when the water-back remonstrated.
"Did you have the range cleaned and the water-back examined?" demanded
The kitchen-range with its water-back I humbly salute.
The major had gone to Tuxedo for the weeks end; her maid had bronchitis; two horses required the veterinary, and the kitchen range a new water-back.
But, although you can have a water-back and boiler with most modern stoves or, as they are now called, portable ranges, the supply of hot water will not be large.
This stove is furnished with pipes for heating water, like the water-back of ranges, and these can be taken or left out at pleasure.