American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To churn and foam as if boiling.
- v. To be in a state of turmoil or ferment: The nation seethed with suppressed revolutionary activity.
- v. To be violently excited or agitated: I seethed with anger over the insult. See Synonyms at boil1.
- v. Archaic To come to a boil.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To boil; decoct, or prepare for food by boiling: as, to seethe flesh.
- To soak.
- To boil; be in a state of ebullition, literally or figuratively.
- To boil: prepare food by boiling.
- v. transitive To boil.
- v. intransitive, of a liquid To boil vigorously.
- v. intransitive, of a liquid To foam in an agitated manner, as if boiling.
- v. intransitive, of a person, figuratively To be in an agitated or angry mental state, as if boiling.
- v. intransitive, of a place, figuratively To buzz with activity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To decoct or prepare for food in hot liquid; to boil.
- v. To be a state of ebullition or violent commotion; to be hot; to boil.
- v. be in an agitated emotional state
- v. be noisy with activity
- v. boil vigorously
- v. foam as if boiling
- From Middle English sethen, from Old English sēoþan ("to seethe, boil, cook in a liquid; subject to a fiery ordeal, try as with fire; subject to great pain, afflict, afflict grievously, disturb; prepare food for the mind; subject the mind with occupations; be troubled in mind, brood"), from Proto-Germanic *seuþanan (“to seethe, boil”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂seut-, *h₂sut-, *h₂sew- (“to move about, roil, seethe”). Akin to Scots seth, seith ("to seethe"), Dutch zieden ("to seethe, boil"), Low German seden ("to seethe"), German sieden ("to seethe, boil"), Danish syde ("to seethe, boil"), Swedish sjuda ("to seethe, boil"), Icelandic sjóða ("to seethe, boil"). Related also to Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌿𐌸𐍃 (sauþs, "burnt offering, sacrifice"). Other cognates include Albanian zjej ("boil, seethe"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sethen, to boil, from Old English sēothan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“This done, she letteth her mash run till the malt be left without liquor, or at the leastwise the greatest part of the moisture, which she perceiveth by the stay and soft issue thereof; and by this time her second liquor in the furnace is ready to seethe, which is put also to the malt, as the first woort also again into the furnace, whereunto she addeth two pounds of the best English hops, and so letteth them seethe together by the space of two hours in summer or an hour and a half in winter, whereby it getteth an excellent colour, and continuance without impeachment or any superfluous tartness.”
“The Hebrew word for which "seethe" is here a translation might more readily be translated as "cook" or "boil.”
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“If your response to this sit-down was to skulk off and seethe, then you're falling short of the find-peace-with-it standard, too.”
“Anyone who's read his work before will know the drill here, right down to the pupil-less animal-faced characters who seethe with inner pain while maintaining a stone-faced expression.”
“After two decades watching the South seethe and bleed, I have seen plenty of discrimination in my time.”
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