Definition of boilermaker in English:



  • 1A person who makes boilers.

    • ‘They told owners to go away and think again, as boilermaker Stan Wright, explained.’
    • ‘Operationally one could hardly go wrong with such a simple machine, although I believe a very small boilermaker was required if access was needed to the regulator valve!’
    • ‘A boilermaker breaks loose the tender hose bag and turns shop water up the feed pipe into the boiler.’
    • ‘The Coroner's Court, sitting at Griffith, has been hearing evidence about the 2002 Lake Cargellico water tower collapse that cost the 34-year-old boilermaker his life.’
    • ‘The pipe fitters, welders and boilermakers walked off sites two months ago to protest their treatment.’
    • ‘But although boilermaker Burke thinks of himself as an intellectual he has not realised the trap he is in.’
    • ‘Certainly, it is a lot safer than clamping on the lid - which, as any boilermaker can attest, usually leads to a blowout.’
    • ‘This poet, born in rural Northland in 1922, has had a diverse and extraordinary life, working as boilermaker, political activist and poet.’
    • ‘Twenty-two seamen were trapped in the mess and rescued by two dockyard workers, Frank Geddes, a 50-year-old welder, and John McComas, a 22-year-old boilermaker.’
    • ‘Local apprentice boilermaker Glen Tapper sparked the judges' interest at the recent WorldSkills competition by winning a gold medal.’
    • ‘Cook and Welton were both born in London, and served apprenticeships as boilermaker and plater respectively in London shipyards.’
    • ‘Valiant and Worcester Bosch are two condenser boilermakers that are recommended time and again in research.’
    • ‘Kenny was in the glassworkers, Marsh was a boilermaker and Ducker was an ironworker.’
    1. 1.1 A metalworker in heavy industry.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Another example was of a boilermaker in his early sixties who had developed problems with both knees and one ankle.’
      • ‘It's taken six years, but a Brisbane boilermaker, turned inventor, has signed a deal today to put his retractable syringe on the market.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These are the homes of your honest artisans - labourers, boilermakers, factory hands and motor mechanics.’
      • ‘Tests periodically are held in which boilermakers can be assessed by groups of employers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They included electricians, boilermakers, sheetmetal workers, plumbers and pipe fabricators.’
      • ‘As they emerged, Jacobs sang out, ‘We're the boilermakers.’’
      • ‘Another 200 workers, comprising Teamsters, electricians, sheet metal workers, operating engineers, boilermakers and pipe fitters, honored machinists' picket lines during the strike.’
      • ‘Very soon he had opened his own mobile welding company and recounted taking a team of boilermakers to Tarcoola in the Simpson Desert.’
  • 2North American A shot of whiskey followed 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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’