American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state or process of boiling.
- n. A sudden, violent outpouring, as of emotion: "did not . . . give way to any ebullitions of private grief” ( Thackeray).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bubbling up or agitation which results from the action of heat on a liquid, owing to the lowest portions becoming gaseous and escaping; a boiling up or over. The temperature at which ebullition takes place varies with the liquid, and when performed in the open air with the pressure of the atmosphere, being higher when the pressure is increased, and lower when it is diminished. See
- n. Any similar agitation, bubbling up, or disturbed or seething condition or appearance, produced by causes other than heat, as when rapidly flowing water encounters numerous obstacles or contrary currents.
- n. Effervescence occasioned by fermentation or by any other process which causes the evolution of an aëriform fluid, as in the mixture of an acid with a carbonated alkali.
- n. Figuratively, an outward display of feeling; a sudden burst; a pouring forth; an overflowing: as, an ebullition of passion.
- n. Synonyms Ebullition, Effervescence, Fermentation. Ebullition is a boiling out or up; the word may be applied figuratively to that which suggests heated or intense activity. Effervescence is not the result of heat or of the escape of steam, but of the escape of gas from a liquid. Fermentation is a process often invisible, often taking place in solids, and sometimes producing effervescence in liquids.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A boiling or bubbling up of a liquid; the motion produced in a liquid by its rapid conversion into vapor.
- n. Effervescence occasioned by fermentation or by any other process which causes the liberation of a gas or an aëriform fluid, as in the mixture of an acid with a carbonated alkali.
- n. A sudden burst or violent display; an outburst.
- n. an unrestrained expression of emotion
- Middle English ebullitioun, from Late Latin ēbullītiō, ēbullītiōn-, from Latin ēbullītus, past participle of ēbullīre, to bubble up; see ebullient. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Wallace regarded this ebullition from the heart of the honest veteran with a look that was eloquent to all.”
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“The archdeacon had called Mrs Proudie a she-Beelzebub; but that was a simple ebullition of mortal hatred.”
“But with a sudden well-assumed ebullition of spirits he drew her toward the dancing-floor, and as they swung around and around in”
“In the ebullition of last year's astonishing forging of a coalition, quite a few people referred to the similarity of events across the Celtic Sea.”
“In the base of the volcano are several minor craters or pailas (from 0.5 m to 10 m in diameter) with mud in ebullition.”
“In northern soils, ebullition and vascular transport were shown to be the major transport mechanisms, accounting for up to 98% of total CH4 emissions .”
“There are three main transport mechanisms: molecular diffusion, vascular transport of gas through plant roots, and ebullition.”
“The Faubourg Saint – Antoine, which was in a dull glow, was beginning its ebullition.”
“I was infatuated! common sense was estranged by the seduction of a chimera; my understanding was in a ferment from the ebullition of my imagination!”
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