from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Heated to or past the boiling point.
  • adjective Very angry or upset; seething.
  • adverb Used as an intensive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • At the temperature at which any specified liquid passes into a gaseous state; bubbling up under the action of heat: as, boiling water; boiling springs.
  • Figuratively— Fiercely agitated; raging: as, the boiling seas.
  • Heated; inflamed; bursting with passion: as, boiling indignation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of ebullition or of tumultuous agitation.
  • noun Exposure to the action of a hot liquid.
  • adjective Heated to the point of bubbling; heaving with bubbles; in tumultuous agitation, as boiling liquid; surging; seething; swelling with heat, ardor, or passion.
  • adjective the temperature at which a fluid is converted into vapor, with the phenomena of ebullition. This is different for different liquids, and for the same liquid under different pressures. For water, at the level of the sea, barometer 30 in., it is 212 ° Fahrenheit; for alcohol, 172.96°; for ether, 94.8°; for mercury, about 675°. The boiling point of water is lowered one degree Fahrenheit for about 550 feet of ascent above the level of the sea.
  • adjective a spring which gives out very hot water, or water and steam, often ejecting it with much force; a geyser.
  • adjective to be very angry.
  • adjective [Colloq.] to keep going on actively, as in certain games.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of boil.
  • noun The process of changing the state of a substance from liquid to gas by heating it to its boiling point.
  • adjective That boils or boil.
  • adjective of a thing, informal, hyperbolic Extremely hot.
  • adjective of a person, informal, hyperbolic Feeling uncomfortably hot.
  • adjective of the weather, hyperbolic Very hot.
  • adverb Extremely

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb extremely
  • noun cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boil
  • noun the application of heat to change something from a liquid to a gas


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