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Etymology 1Edit

boil +‎ -er


boiler (plural boilers)

  1. A person who boils something.
  2. A steam boiler.
  3. An apparatus for heating circulating water or other heat transferring liquid.
  4. A device consisting of a heat source and a tank for storing hot water, typically for space heating, domestic hot water etc., disregarding the source of heat.
  5. A kitchen vessel for steaming, boiling or heating food.
  6. A sunken reef, especially a coral reef, on which the sea breaks heavily.
  7. (Britain, informal) A tough old chicken only suitable for cooking by boiling.
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Etymology 2Edit

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!




Borrowed from English boiler.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbɔi̯.lər/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: boi‧ler


boiler m (plural boilers, diminutive boilertje n)

  1. water heater

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