boil·er | \ˈbȯi-lər \

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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However, what has historians buzzing about is the fact that the clock's hands are frozen at 11:05 p.m. That's 5 minutes after the time witnesses say the ship's boilers exploded. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "The 1838 shipwreck was 'the Titanic of its time.' Divers just made an eerie discovery," 17 June 2018 At the very moment her wheels made the first evolution, her boilers burst with a most awful and astounding noise, equal to the most violent clap of thunder. Jeff Suess,, "Our history: Steamboat explosion led to federal regulations," 14 Mar. 2018 Last winter, thousands of residents were without heat after their building’s aging boilers failed. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City to Build Thousands of Senior Housing Units on Public Land," 13 June 2018 The report also said that more than 700 boilers, many of which failed last winter, had a functional life of five years or less. New York Times, "What Will It Cost to Fix New York’s Public Housing?," 2 July 2018 To set the stage for decisions to come, the architects Tuesday presented cost figures totaling between $100 million and $116 million to replace items like roofs, floors, boilers and plumbing fixtures reaching the end of their life cycle. Karen Berkowitz,, "Keeping up with repairs won't come cheap for District 112 schools," 7 June 2018 The missing items included a boiler, metal kitchen chair, metal kitchen table legs, a lawn trailer, metal from a futon bed and copper baseboard feeder lines. John Benson,, "Drunk driver arrested after traveling 120 MPH on I-77: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 12 Apr. 2018 Collins began working at Calvary in 2016, a year after the boiler first gave out. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 Witness accounts say the starboard boiler exploded at about 11 p.m., setting off a grisly chain reaction of death that saw people thrown overboard and drowned, scalded to death, and cut by flying debris, according state historians. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "The 1838 shipwreck was 'the Titanic of its time.' Divers just made an eerie discovery," 17 June 2018

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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


boil·er | \ˈbȯi-lər \

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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