boil


boil
boil
boil1 [boil]
vi.
[ME boilen < OFr boillir < L bullire < bulla, a bubble, knob; prob. < IE * bu-, var. of echoic base * beu-, * bheu-, to blow up, cause to swell]
1. to bubble up and vaporize over direct heat
2. to reach the vaporizing stage
3. to seethe or churn like a boiling liquid
4. to be agitated, as with rage
5. to cook in boiling water or other liquid
vt.
1. to heat to the boiling point
2. to cook, process, or separate in boiling water or other liquid
n.
the act or state of boiling
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boil away
to evaporate as a result of boiling
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boil down
1. to lessen in quantity by boiling, esp. so as to change consistency
2. to make more terse; condense; summarize
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boil down to
to mean, when summarized; amount to [what it all boils down to is more unemployment]
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boil over
1. to come to a boil and spill over the rim
2. to lose one's temper; get excited
SYN.- BOIL1, the basic word, refers to the vaporization of a liquid over direct heat or, metaphorically, to great agitation, as with rage [it made my blood boil]; SEETHE suggests violent boiling with much bubbling and foaming or, in an extended sense, excitement [the country seethed with rebellion ]; SIMMER implies a gentle, continuous cooking at or just below the boiling point or, metaphorically, imminence of eruption, as in anger or revolt; STEW1 refers to slow, prolonged boiling or, in an extended colloquial sense, unrest caused by worry or anxiety
boil2 [boil]
n.
[orig., & still dial., bile < ME byle < OE byle, byl (akin to Ger beule) < IE base of BOIL1]
an inflamed, painful, pus-filled swelling on the skin, caused by localized infection; furuncle

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