Definition of boilermaker in English:



  • 1A worker who makes metal boilers for generating steam.

    • ‘There was for instance a building engineer, a boilermaker, two motor mechanics, and a television programme coordinator.’
    • ‘The boiler room still contained the boilermaker's major tools, including three pounding machines, two rolling machines, one shearing machine, two devices for riveting, three forges with bellows, and one anvil.’
    • ‘One worker, a boilermaker who left his wife and children in Johannesburg under the impression he had a family visa, went public about his predicament last Wednesday.’
    • ‘Often treated as a separate craft in the open shop, welders are supplied by several unions in the organized sector, such as the boilermakers, plumbers and pipefitters' and ironworkers' unions.’
    • ‘A former boilermaker whose wife died after being exposed to asbestos while washing his work clothes was stripped of his £82,000 damages award yesterday.’
    • ‘A daily examination of each smokebox netting had to be made by a boilermaker.’
    • ‘He was regularly exposed to asbestos in the course of his employments as a boilermaker.’
    • ‘Even so, where trade unions did form, they represented only a fraction of the industrial working class: élite groups of metalworkers, shipbuilders, boilermakers, miners, building workers, printers, shoemakers, and spinners.’
    • ‘War-time guest player Gordon Hodgson, a powerful centre-forward, worked as a boilermaker in his native South Africa when he toured England with their amateur side in 1924-25.’
    • ‘James was a boilermaker at Harland and Wolff's Liverpool shipyard.’
    • ‘A solicitor believes a ruling that saw a former boilermaker whose wife died from asbestos exposure stripped of his damages could affect others.’
    • ‘He used to dote on my dad who was a boilermaker at Fawley.’
    • ‘This matter of grinding had been mentioned in previous minutes where a demarcation had occurred at Eveleigh Carriage Works between boilermakers and grinders.’
    • ‘During the war effort it was stripped of all its finery and put to work by a boilermaker in the Midlands.’
    • ‘When he grew up he moved to the west coast and earned his living as a boilermaker.’
    • ‘But Mr Hopwood, a former boilermaker, said the theft of his new silver Peugeot 206 was a crushing blow.’
    • ‘Mr Arman, who lived in Osbourne Street, worked as a boilermaker at British Rail from 1937 until 1963.’
    • ‘The 62-year-old Lord Mayor, a boilermaker, has been a councillor since 1994.’
    • ‘Her father Tom, a boilermaker, died 18 years ago; her mother Dorothy just two years ago.’
    • ‘Thus the defendant union official could with impunity threaten to call on the boilermakers who worked for the plaintiff to strike unless shipwrights also so employed were dismissed.’
    1. 1.1 A metalworker in heavy industry.
      • ‘These are the homes of your honest artisans - labourers, boilermakers, factory hands and motor mechanics.’
      • ‘Besides devoting time to contribute to the welfare of my sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, I applied myself to using a computer to generate pattern developments for boilermakers and sheet metal workers.’
      • ‘Very soon he had opened his own mobile welding company and recounted taking a team of boilermakers to Tarcoola in the Simpson Desert.’
      • ‘The daughter of a Merseyside boilermaker, Rita Hunter rose to become one of the great Brunnhildes of the post-war era, most memorably in the famous ENO Ring conducted by Sir Reginald Goodall.’
      • ‘The creation of Frank McEncroe, a boilermaker from Bendigo, it has become synonymous with good hearty, fried food that can be purchased from the corner shop.’
      • ‘As they emerged, Jacobs sang out, ‘We're the boilermakers.’’
      • ‘Another example was of a boilermaker in his early sixties who had developed problems with both knees and one ankle.’
      • ‘They included electricians, boilermakers, sheetmetal workers, plumbers and pipe fabricators.’
      • ‘Another 200 workers, comprising Teamsters, electricians, sheet metal workers, operating engineers, boilermakers and pipe fitters, honored machinists' picket lines during the strike.’
      • ‘Tests periodically are held in which boilermakers can be assessed by groups of employers.’
      • ‘It's taken six years, but a Brisbane boilermaker, turned inventor, has signed a deal today to put his retractable syringe on the market.’
      • ‘Dean, who is a boilermaker by trade, is raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service but says he is also on a personal mission.’
      • ‘I mean, if a Bengali weaver, a Jamaican fisherman and an Aussie boilermaker came together, they would all have at least one topic to talk about.’
      • ‘I know top students who decided to become welders, or auto mechanics, or boilermakers, or chefs - because they loved working with their hands as well as their heads.’
  • 2North American A shot of whisky followed immediately by a glass of beer as a chaser.

    • ‘The two guys with me had been way generous with the boilermakers.’
    • ‘Ten bucks says she knocks back a few boilermakers and drunkenly announces ‘Give it up for my husband - everybody else has’.’
    • ‘You were virtually assured there would be at least a couple of men in there quaffing boilermakers who would be just tickled purple to defend a scared kid.’
    • ‘Just give me the goods, tell me something I didn't know or wouldn't have thought of on my own, and never mind the pictures of your best friend's sister's boyfriend puking in the toilet after downing three boilermakers at his birthday party.’
    • ‘Remember the night I put away seven boilermakers while in the presence of a naval officer?’
    • ‘A sports fan pours himself a boilermaker and sits down to an exciting soccer match on the tube.’
    • ‘My father and his buddies would have choked on their boilermakers to hear it put that way, but would have appreciated the tone.’