- A localized accumulation of pus in the skin, resulting from infection.
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”).
- The point at which fluid begins to change to a vapour.
- Add the noodles when the water comes to the boil.
- A dish of boiled food, especially based on seafood.
- (rare, nonstandard) The collective noun for a group of hawks.
(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
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.