boil·​er | \ ˈbȯi-lər How to pronounce boiler (audio) \

Definition of boiler

1 : one that boils
2a : a vessel used for boiling
b : the part of a steam generator in which water is converted into steam and which consists usually of metal shells and tubes
c : a tank in which water is heated or hot water is stored
d chiefly British : furnace

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Fire Marshal Bart Chambers said Tuesday the initial explosion occurred Friday afternoon while a contractor was working on a boiler that had suffered mechanical problems and was shut down earlier last week. Washington Post, "Boiler explosion triggered natural gas blast at Nevada dorm," 10 July 2019 Manitoba Hydro went on to explain that carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion and ventilation of appliances such as gas stoves, heating boilers, furnaces, propane barbecues, gas-powered water heaters and clothes dryers. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "46 people hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure at Canadian hotel," 9 July 2019 The priority repairs in the report include replacing an outdated boiler, adding a new fire suppression system and air handling units, and keeping a year-long record of the visible cracking over three interior masonry columns. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Report lays out $5 million in needed improvements at James J. Hill Center," 18 June 2019 Set a large heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water to create a double-boiler. Marie Claire, "You Can Put CBD in That: Chocolatey Peanut Butter Brownies," 19 Apr. 2019 Board members approved a $182,986 contract with Gardiner Trane of Solon, Ohio per Sourcing Alliance cooperative purchasing contract pricing, to replace the boiler. Brian Lisik,, "Brunswick Schools to partner with Cleveland Clinic for athletic trainer services," 18 June 2019 The boiler house and smokestacks were all that remained of the coal plant, located in the southwest corner of Jefferson County on Cane Run Road. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Boiler house and smokestacks at Louisville's Cane Run Generating Station demolished," 8 June 2019 The school’s boilers could not be restarted without it being fixed. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Roosevelt students to stay at Gary Career Center in '19-20: official," 3 June 2019 An organic cotton flare boiler suit in pastel pinks, blues, and greens by Mara Hoffman will brighten up any day. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "A Jumpsuit Is Your One-and-Done Spring Statement Piece," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of boiler

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of boiler

: a large container in which water is heated to produce steam in an engine
chiefly British : b


boil·​er | \ ˈbȯi-lər How to pronounce boiler (audio) \

Kids Definition of boiler

1 : a container in which something is boiled
2 : a tank heating and holding water
3 : a strong metal container used in making steam (as to heat buildings)

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