from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cook by direct radiant heat, as over a grill or under an electric element.
- transitive v. To expose to great heat.
- intransitive v. To be exposed to great heat.
- n. The act of broiling or the condition of being broiled.
- n. Food, especially meat, that is broiled.
- n. A rowdy argument; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl.
- intransitive v. To engage in a rowdy argument.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cook by direct, radiant heat.
- v. To expose to great heat.
- v. To be exposed to great heat.
- n. Food prepared by broiling.
- v. to cause a rowdy disturbance; embroil
- v. (obsolete) to brawl
- n. A brawl; a rowdy disturbance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tumult; a noisy quarrel; a disturbance; a brawl; contention; discord, either between individuals or in the state.
- transitive v. To cook by direct exposure to heat over a fire, esp. upon a gridiron over coals.
- transitive v. To subject to great (commonly direct) heat.
- intransitive v. To be subjected to the action of heat, as meat over the fire; to be greatly heated, or to be made uncomfortable with heat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cook by the direct action of heat over or in front of a clear fire, generally upon a gridiron, as meat or fish.
- To be subjected to the action of heat, as meat over a fire.
- Figuratively, to be greatly heated; be heated to the point of great discomfort.
- To fret; stew; be very impatient.
- n. An angry tumult; a noisy quarrel; contention; discord.
- n. Synonyms Affray, Altercation, etc. See quarrel, n.
- To raise a broil; quarrel; brawl.
- n. In mining, a collection of loose fragments, usually discolored by oxidation, resting on the surface, and indicating the presence of a mineral vein beneath. See outcrop and gossan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun
- v. heat by a natural force
- n. cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat (as over a fire or under a grill)
- v. cook under a broiler
Middle English broilen, from Old French brusler, bruler, perhaps from usler, to burn (with br- from bruir, to burn), from Latin ustulāre, to scorch, from ustus, past participle of ūrere, to burn.
From obsolete broil, to brawl, from Middle English broilen, from Anglo-Norman broiller, to mix up, confuse, from Old French brouiller, from breu, broth, brew, from Vulgar Latin *brodum, of Germanic origin; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English broillen, brulen ("to broil, cook"), from Anglo-Norman bruiller, broiller ("to broil, roast") and Old French brusler, bruller ("to broil, roast, char"), a blend of Old French bruir ("to burn"), of Germanic origin; and Old French usler ("to scorch"), from Latin ustulāre ("to scorch"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English broilen ("to quarrel, present in disorder"), from Anglo-Norman broiller ("to mix up"), from Vulgar Latin *brodiculāre (“to jumble together”) from *brodum (“broth, stew”), from Frankish *brod (“broth”), from Proto-Germanic *bruþan (“broth”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhreue-, *bherw-, *bhrew- (“to heat, boil, brew”). Cognate with Old High German brod ("broth"), Old English broþ ("broth"). More at broth. (Wiktionary)