Definition of boiler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔɪlə/


1A fuel-burning apparatus or container for heating water, in particular:
1.1A household device providing a hot-water supply or serving a central heating system.
Example sentences
  • As part of last year's work the boiler and central heating system was upgraded with the bedrooms and function suites undergoing redecoration.
  • Combination boilers provide instant central heating and hot water, but are best suited to properties with one bathroom.
  • The rules apply to all gas appliances, including central heating boilers, water heaters, fires and cookers.
1.2A tank for generating steam under pressure in a steam engine.
Example sentences
  • But the principle of generating steam in a boiler under pressure and using it to push pistons back and forth in two or more double-acting cylinders, is just the same.
  • The Lord Stewart is listed as having two boilers and a three-cylinder steam engine.
  • Stop the heat getting out of their steam engine boilers - and the cold getting in - by wrapping them in asbestos blankets.
1.3 dated A metal tub for washing or sterilizing clothes at a very high temperature.
Example sentences
  • I rather thought sacrificing virgins to their gods had gone out with the clothes boiler, but sometimes I wasn't too sure.
  • Our vacuum ironing tables, ironing boards, steam boilers and clothes presses can be used for commercial dry cleaning and clothes pressing.
2British informal A chicken suitable for cooking only by boiling.
Example sentences
  • Cahaner produced his chicken by cross-breeding a boiler chicken with another breed that has a naturally bare neck.
  • The fundamentally unhygienic conditions of intensive boiler chicken production have been described many times.
  • He has crossbred a small, bare-skinned bird with a regular boiler chicken as part of a research project to develop succulent, low fat poultry that is environmentally friendly.
3British informal An unattractive or unpleasant woman.

Words that rhyme with boiler

broiler, Euler, oiler, spoiler, toiler

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