Water that has been heated so that it boils.
- The definition of boil is the act of becoming very angry or changing from liquid to gas, or a boil is a swelling on the skin full of pus.
- An example of a boil is the placing of water on the stove until it bubbles in the pot.
- An example of a boil is a huge sore on the body.
- Boil means to change or be changed from a liquid to a gas, or to get very mad.
- An example of to boil is to put water on the stove until it starts to bubble.
- An example of to boil is to become enraged at an accident.
- to bubble up and vaporize over direct heat
- to reach the vaporizing stage
- to seethe or churn like a boiling liquid
- to be agitated, as with rage
- to cook in boiling water or other liquid
Origin of boilMiddle English boilen from Old French boillir from Classical Latin bullire from bulla, a bubble, knob; probably from Indo-European an unverified form bu-, variant, variety of echoic base an unverified form beu-, an unverified form bheu-, to blow up, cause to swell
- to heat to the boiling point
- to cook, process, or separate in boiling water or other liquid
- to lessen in quantity by boiling, esp. so as to change consistency
- to make more terse; condense; summarize
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- to come to a boil and spill over the rim
- to lose one's temper; get excited
Origin of boilorigin, originally , and still dialect, dialectal , bile from Middle English byle from Old English byle, byl (akin to German beule) from Indo-European base of boil
verbboiled, 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.
- To be in a state of agitation; seethe: a river boiling over the rocks.
- 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.
- To cook or clean by boiling.
- To separate by evaporation in the process of boiling: boil the maple sap.
- The condition or act of boiling.
- Lower Southern US A picnic featuring shrimp, crab, or crayfish boiled in large pots with spices, and then shelled and eaten by hand.
- An agitated, swirling, roiling mass of liquid: “Those tumbling boils show a dissolving bar and a changing channel there” ( Mark Twain )
Origin of boilMiddle English boillen from Old French boillir from Latin bullīre from bulla bubble
Origin of boilMiddle English bile from Old English béle
From Middle English bile, büle (“boil, tumor”), from Old English bȳl, bȳle (“boil, swelling”), from Proto-Germanic *būlijō, *būlō (“boil”). Akin to German Beule (“boil, hump”), Icelandic beyla (“swelling, hump”).
(third-person singular simple present boils, present participle boiling, simple past and past participle boiled)
- To heat (a liquid) to the point where it begins to turn into a gas.
- Boil some water in a pan.
- (intransitive) To cook in boiling water.
- Boil the eggs for two minutes.
- Is the rice boiling yet?
- (intransitive) Of a liquid, to begin to turn into a gas, seethe.
- Pure water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
- (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) Said of weather being uncomfortably hot.
- It’s boiling outside!
- (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) To feel uncomfortably hot. See also seethe.
- I’m boiling in here – could you open the window?
- To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation.
- to boil sugar or salt
- To be agitated like boiling water; to bubble; to effervesce.
- the boiling waves of the sea
- To be moved or excited with passion; to be hot or fervid.
- His blood boils with anger.
- (of a liquid): condense
- (of the weather): be freezing
- (of a person): be freezing
- biol, biol.
Middle English boillen, from Old French boillir (French: bouillir) from Latin bullīre, present active infinitive of bulliō (“I bubble, boil”), from bulla (“bubble”). Displaced native Middle English sethen "to boil" (from Old English sēoþan "to boil, seethe"), Middle English wellen "to boil, bubble" (from Old English wiellan "to bubble, boil"), Middle English wallen "to well up, boil" (from Old English weallan "to well up, boil"). More at seethe, well.