from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To change from a liquid to a vapor by the application of heat: All the water boiled away and left the kettle dry.
- intransitive v. To reach the boiling point.
- intransitive v. To undergo the action of boiling, especially in being cooked.
- intransitive v. To be in a state of agitation; seethe: a river boiling over the rocks.
- intransitive v. To be stirred up or greatly excited: The mere idea made me boil.
- transitive v. To vaporize (a liquid) by the application of heat.
- transitive v. To heat to the boiling point.
- transitive v. To cook or clean by boiling.
- transitive v. To separate by evaporation in the process of boiling: boil the maple sap.
- n. The condition or act of boiling.
- n. Lower Southern U.S. A picnic featuring shrimp, crab, or crayfish boiled in large pots with spices, and then shelled and eaten by hand.
- n. An agitated, swirling, roiling mass of liquid: "Those tumbling boils show a dissolving bar and a changing channel there” ( Mark Twain).
- boil down To reduce in bulk or size by boiling.
- boil down To condense; summarize: boiled down the complex document.
- boil down To constitute the equivalent of in summary: The scathing editorial simply boils down to an exercise in partisan politics.
- boil over To overflow while boiling.
- boil over To lose one's temper.
- n. A painful, circumscribed pus-filled inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissue usually caused by a local staphylococcal infection. Also called furuncle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A localized accumulation of pus in the skin, resulting from infection.
- n. The point at which fluid begins to change to a vapour.
- n. A dish of boiled food, especially based on seafood.
- n. The collective noun for a group of hawks.
- v. To heat (a liquid) to the point where it begins to turn into a gas.
- v. To cook in boiling water.
- v. Of a liquid, to begin to turn into a gas, seethe.
- v. Said of weather being uncomfortably hot.
- v. To feel uncomfortably hot. See also seethe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Act or state of boiling.
- n. A hard, painful, inflamed tumor, which, on suppuration, discharges pus, mixed with blood, and discloses a small fibrous mass of dead tissue, called the core.
- intransitive v. To be agitated, or tumultuously moved, as a liquid by the generation and rising of bubbles of steam (or vapor), or of currents produced by heating it to the boiling point; to be in a state of ebullition.
- intransitive v. To be agitated like boiling water, by any other cause than heat; to bubble; to effervesce.
- intransitive v. To pass from a liquid to an aëriform state or vapor when heated.
- intransitive v. To be moved or excited with passion; to be hot or fervid.
- intransitive v. To be in boiling water, as in cooking.
- transitive v. To heat to the boiling point, or so as to cause ebullition.
- transitive v. To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation.
- transitive v. To subject to the action of heat in a boiling liquid so as to produce some specific effect, as cooking, cleansing, etc..
- transitive v. To steep or soak in warm water.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bubble up or be in a state of ebullition, especially through the action of heat, the bubbles of gaseous vapor which have been formed in the lower portion rising to the surface and escaping: said of a liquid, and sometimes of the containing vessel: as, the water boils; the pot boils.
- To be in an agitated state like that of boiling, through any other cause than heat or diminished pressure; exhibit a swirling or swelling motion; seethe: as, the waves boil.
- To be agitated by vehement or angry feeling; be hot or excited: as, my blood boils at this injustice.
- To undergo or be subjected to the action of water or other liquid when at the point of ebullition: as, the meat is now boiling.
- To put into a state of ebullition; cause to be agitated or to bubble by the application of heat.
- To collect, form, or separate by the application of heat, as sugar, salt, etc.
- To subject to the action of heat in a liquid raised to its point of ebullition, so as to produce some specific effect; cook or seethe in a boiling liquid: as, to boil meat, potatoes, etc.; to boil silk, thread, etc.
- n. An inflamed and painful suppurating tumor; a furuncle.
- n. The state or act of boiling; boiling-point: as, to bring water to a boil.
- n. That which is boiled; a boiling preparation.
- n. The period during which the carbon is being burned out of the iron in a puddling-furnace. During this period jets of burning carbonic oxid cover the surface of the bath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus
- v. be in an agitated emotional state
- v. come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor
- v. be agitated
- n. the temperature at which a liquid boils at sea level
- v. bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point
- v. immerse or be immersed in a boiling liquid, often for cooking purposes
Next take, say, a pint of milk, and let it boil; then throw in the bread-crumbs and let them _boil_ in the milk.
The idea is you heat the mouth guard, then bite down on it to shape it to your mouth hence the name "boil and bite".
First of all this water coming out of the ground here, this is what they call a boil, this is actually water from the Mississippi River that's boiling out of the ground here, which is fascinating considering that we are obviously on the dry side of the levee.
A carbuncle is a large boil or abscess – i guess what he called a boil would be what we would call a small boil.
It does seem, however, that I've read that one reason to add the salt after the water has begun to boil is to avoid pitting a non-stick surface.
"That particular dam has what we call a boil," Huey said.
And Dbadass, a Door County fish boil is something of a culinary treat.
At higher altitudes, brewing with water at a full rolling boil is mandatory.
What really makes my blood boil is that Mr. Spohn has the audacity to claim to have been one of us.
But the production that absolutely made my blood boil is Brain De Palma's Mission to Mars.