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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Recent Examples on the Web Some of the more physically taxing work that plumbers do can be wrestling with cast-iron pipe and getting a new boiler into a basement and then getting the old one out. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 More than 1,300 apartments there have been renovated, and the buildings also received new boilers and roofs. Katie Honan, WSJ, "NYCHA Plans to Fix 62,000 Apartments Through Public-Private Partnership," 19 Nov. 2018 In properties with central boilers, hot water comes through a completely different set of pipes altogether. Houston Chronicle, "Houston Apartment Association: You can understand your utility bill," 30 Nov. 2019 But the monitor’s primary task would be to expedite repairs to problems like broken boilers, mold and lead paint, which pose a threat to public health. Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ And J. David Goodman, New York Times, "Cuomo Creates Monitor to Oversee Repairs to City’s Public Housing," 2 Apr. 2018 Lincoln Park Schools are replacing boilers and roofs on all buildings. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Construction projects at Michigan schools delayed — and it could cost more in the long run," 10 Apr. 2020 O’Callaghan mounted 5-inch-thick padding on a snowplow and rammed two moose substitutes: a 6-foot-long boiler and a 53-gallon barrel, both filled with water and placed atop plastic milk cartons. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How Michael O’Callaghan went from Anchorage activist to Portland’s homeless mayoral candidate," 9 Mar. 2020 Then there is the aging boiler — the size of a small apartment — that has needed $20,000 worth of maintenance so far this winter. Liam Stack, New York Times, "‘I Lose Sleep Over This Building’: A Rush to Make Synagogues Safe," 4 Feb. 2020 The building, which was a boiler factory, dates back to the 1860s. John-john Williams Iv,, "The stories behind Baltimore’s most haunted bars, restaurants and hotels," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of boiler

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Boiler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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