Definition of boiler in English:


Line breaks: boil¦er
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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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