- 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.
Water that has been heated so that it boils.
boil definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
Origin: origin, originally , and amp; still dialect, dialectal , bile ; from Middle English byle ; from Old English byle, byl (akin to German beule) ; from Indo-European base of boil
boil definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb boiled, boil·ing, boils verb, intransitive
- 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: 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 U.S. 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: Middle English boillen, from Old French boillir, from Latin bullīre, from bulla, bubble.
- boilˈa·ble adjective
Origin: Middle English bile, from Old English bȳle.
boil - Medical Definition
boil - Phrases/Idioms
- to lessen in quantity by boiling, esp. so as to change consistency
- to make more terse; condense; summarize
boil down to
- to come to a boil and spill over the rim
- to lose one's temper; get excited
boil - Science Definition