from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In steam-boilers, the aggregate surface of the boiler exposed to the action of the fire. Also called
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Rodney's imperfect manoeuvre this inestimable advantage, that by the very act of breaking the line you threw upon the severed portion an overwhelming attack of the most violent kind, and with the utmost development of fire-surface.
Fighting Instructions, 1530-1816 Publications Of The Navy Records Society Vol. XXIX. 1888
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