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Etymology 1[edit]

boil +‎ -er


boiler ‎(plural boilers)

  1. 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.
  2. Less commonly, a hot water heater.
  3. (approximate definition) 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.
  4. A kitchen vessel for steaming or boiling food.
  5. (Britain, informal) A tough old chicken only suitable for cooking by boiling.
  6. A sunken reef, especially a coral reef, on which the sea breaks heavily.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortening of boilerplate


boiler ‎(plural not attested)

  1. (rare, informal) Boilerplate.
    • 1994 May 4, Glenn Nicholas, "Re: Forms4 boilerplate accessible?", in, Usenet:
      While it appears the FRM40_TEXT table is the answer, saving a form with boiler text does not seem to insert into this table.
    • 2003 December 7, Tom Potter, "Re: Why don't more people hate Bush?", in alt.politics.democrats and other newsgroups, Usenet:
      Note that Stuart Grey makes the assertion: "I think rationally on all subjects.", and then proceeds to use the standard boiler tactics and phrases of the people WHO instigate conflict and war.
    • 2007, Jim Casey, "Re: NRA vs Bar Assoc over guns in cars", in tx.guns, Usenet:
      Nearly every employer in my field has similar terms (they all come out of a legal boiler mill somewhere).
    • 2009 March 30, "hughess7" (username), "Re: Mail merge to PDF", in microsoft.public.access, Usenet:
      Just aligning all the paragraphs of 'boiler text' is tedious but trying to insert values in alignment is impossible!