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.

    At Home with the Jardines

  • 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.

    At Home with the Jardines

  • "Did you have the range cleaned and the water-back examined?" demanded

    At Home with the Jardines

  • The kitchen-range with its water-back I humbly salute.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864

  • The major had gone to Tuxedo for the week’s end; her maid had bronchitis; two horses required the veterinary, and the kitchen range a new water-back.

    The Fighting Chance

  • 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.

    Miss Parloa's New Cook Book

  • 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.

    American Woman's Home


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