v. boiled, boil·ing, boils
a. To change from a liquid to a vapor by the application of heat: All the water boiled away and left the kettle dry.
b. To reach the boiling point.
c. To undergo the action of boiling, especially in being cooked.
2. To be in a state of agitation; seethe: a river boiling over the rocks.
3. To be stirred up or greatly excited, especially in anger: The mere idea made me boil.
a. To vaporize (a liquid) by the application of heat.
b. To heat to the boiling point.
2. To cook or clean by boiling.
3. To separate by evaporation in the process of boiling: boil the maple sap.
1. The condition or act of boiling.
2. Lower Southern US A picnic featuring shrimp, crab, or crayfish boiled in large pots with spices, and then shelled and eaten by hand.
3. An agitated, swirling, roiling mass of liquid: “Those tumbling boils show a dissolving bar and a changing channel there” (Mark Twain).
1. To reduce in bulk or size by boiling.
2. To condense; summarize: boiled down the complex document.
3. To constitute the equivalent of in summary: The scathing editorial simply boils down to an exercise in partisan politics.
1. To overflow while boiling.
2. To lose one’s temper.
[Middle English boillen, from Old French boillir, from Latin bullīre, from bulla, bubble.]
Synonyms: boil1, simmer, seethe, stew
These verbs mean, both literally and figuratively, to stir up or agitate. To boil is to heat a liquid until it churns with bubbles. Figuratively it pertains to intense agitation, often from anger: She boiled with rage at the insult.
Simmer denotes gentle cooking just at or below the boiling point. Figuratively it refers to a state of slow, contained ferment: Plans were simmering in his mind. The employees simmered with resentment over the cut in benefits.
To seethe is to boil steadily and vigorously. Its figurative usage can suggest vigorous activity or passionate emotion: “The arc lamp’s cone of light seethes with winged insects” (Claire Davis).“The city had … been seething with discontent” (John R. Green).
Stew refers literally to slow boiling and figuratively to a persistent but not violent state of agitation: “They don’t want a man to fret and stew about his work” (William H. Whyte, Jr.).
A painful, circumscribed pus-filled inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissue usually caused by a local staphylococcal infection. Also called furuncle.
[Middle English bile, from Old English bȳle.]
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2. to reach or cause to reach boiling point
3. (Cookery) to cook or be cooked by the process of boiling
4. (intr) to bubble and be agitated like something boiling; seethe: the ocean was boiling.
5. (intr) to be extremely angry or indignant (esp in the phrase make one’s blood boil): she was boiling at his dishonesty.
6. (intr) to contain a boiling liquid: the pot is boiling.
the state or action of boiling (esp in the phrases on the boil, off the boil)
[C13: from Old French boillir, from Latin bullīre to bubble, from bulla a bubble]
(Pathology) a red painful swelling with a hard pus-filled core caused by bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, esp at a hair follicle. Technical name: furuncle
[Old English bӯle; related to Old Norse beyla swelling, Old High German būlla bladder, Gothic ufbauljan to inflate]
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1. to change from a liquid to a gaseous state, typically as a result of heat, producing bubbles of gas that rise to the surface of the liquid.
2. to reach the boiling point.
3. to be in an agitated or violent state: The sea boiled in the storm.
4. to be deeply angry or upset.
5. to contain, or be contained in, a liquid that boils: The kettle is boiling. Don’t let the vegetables boil.
6. to bring to the boiling point.
7. to cook (something) in boiling water: to boil eggs.
8. to separate (salt, sugar, etc.) from a solution containing it by boiling off the liquid.
a. to reduce or lessen by boiling.
b. to shorten; abridge.
10. boil down to, to be reduced to; amount to: It boils down to a question of ethics.
a. to overflow while or as if while boiling; erupt.
b. to be unable to repress anger, excitement, etc.
12. the act or state of boiling: Bring the water to a boil.
13. an area of agitated, swirling water.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French boillir < Latin bullīre to effervesce, boil, v. derivative of bulla bubble]
a painful circumscribed inflammation of the skin with a pus-filled inner core.
[before 1000; Middle English bile, bule, Old English bȳle; c. Old Saxon bula, Old High German bulla; akin to Old Norse beyla hump]
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To change from a liquid to a gaseous state by heating or being heated to the boiling point.
The act or condition of boiling: brought the water to a boil.
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Past participle: boiled
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To cook in water at 212 °F. At this temperature water bubbles rapidly.
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