from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bottom or side of a furnace consisting of a compartment of iron kept filled with water. It serves to prevent the burning out of the iron.


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  • The air was compressed by means of four pumps, placed two and two in a water-box, and worked by the direct action of a compound engine, with cylinders, placed in juxtaposition, of 8 in. and 14 in. diameter respectively, with an equal length of stroke of 13 in.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 530, February 27, 1886

  • "I wonder how papa got rid of the other one with the green tin water-box."

    In the Quarter

  • Men with trays suspended by straps from their necks offered "delicious" snacks, meat patties kept hot in hot-water boxes, served in a gaudy saucer and flooded with hot bouillon from a brass flask attached to their girdles behind; or sandwiches made from a roll, split, buttered, and clapped upon a slice of very red, raw-looking sausage, fresh from the water-box.

    Russian Rambles

  • The water-box for vanning in should be at least 4 feet long, 2 feet 6 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. "

    A Text-book of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.


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