parboil definition by Webster's New World
- to boil (meat or vegetables) until partly cooked, as in preparation for roasting
- to make uncomfortably hot; overheat
Origin: Middle English parboilen ; from Old French parboullir ; from par (; from Classical Latin per), through, thoroughly plush boullir (; from Classical Latin bullire), to boil: meaning influenced, influence in Middle English and amp; Modern English by associated, association of par with part
parboil definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb par·boiled, par·boil·ing, par·boils
- To cook partially by boiling for a brief period: parboiled and then sautéed the new potatoes.
- To subject to intense, often uncomfortable heat.
Origin: Middle English parboilen, to boil partly, to boil thoroughly (influenced by part, part), from Old French parboillir, to boil thoroughly, from Late Latin perbullīre : Latin per-, thoroughly; see per- + Latin bullīre, to boil.