from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An enclosed vessel in which water is heated and circulated, either as hot water or as steam, for heating or power.
- n. A container, such as a kettle, for boiling liquids.
- n. A storage tank for hot water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An apparatus that generates heat (usually by burning fuel) and uses it to heat circulating water (or sometimes another liquid) in a closed system that is then used for space heating, swimming pool heating, or domestic hot water or industrial processes.
- n. Less commonly, a hot water heater.
- n. A fuel burning apparatus in which water is boiled to produce steam for space heating, power generation, or industrial processes. (more precisely) An apparatus in which a heat source other than a hot liquid or steam (most commonly burning fuel, exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine or gas turbine, waste heat from a process, solar energy or electricity) is used to boil water (or rarely another liquid), under pressure to provide steam (or other gas) for use as a heat source in calorifiers, heat exchangers or heat emitters, or for use directly for humidification, in an industrial process, or to power steam turbines.
- n. A kitchen vessel for steaming or boiling food.
- n. Boilerplate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who boils.
- n. A vessel in which any thing is boiled.
- n. A strong metallic vessel, usually of wrought iron plates riveted together, or a composite structure variously formed, in which steam is generated for driving engines, or for heating, cooking, or other purposes.
- n. A sunken reef; esp., a coral reef on which the sea breaks heavily.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who boils.
- n. A vessel in which anything is boiled.
- n. A strong metallic structure in which steam is generated for driving engines or for other purposes. See steam-boiler.
- n. Something, as a vegetable, that is suitable for boiling.
- n. A small isolated reef or atoll below water.
- n. A boiler whose cross-section is an oval or an ellipse.
- n. A boiler made up of a number of tubes in which steam is generated; a water-tube boiler.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. sealed vessel where water is converted to steam
- n. a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid
boil + -er (Wiktionary)
Shortening of boilerplate (Wiktionary)