Definitions for: Boil


[n] the temperature at which a liquid boils at sea level; "the brought to water to a boil"
[n] a painful sore with a hard pus-filled core
[v] cook in boiling liquid; "boil potatoes"
[v] bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point, as of water and other liquids; "boil this liquid until it evaporates"
[v] come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor; "Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius"
[v] have violent emotions, such as anger or frustration
[v] be agitated; of liquids



Webster (1913) Definition: Boil (boil), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Boiled (boild); p. pr.
& vb. n. Boiling.] [OE. boilen, OF. boilir, builir, F.
bouillir, fr. L. bullire to be in a bubbling motion, from
bulla bubble; akin to Gr. ?, Lith. bumbuls. Cf. Bull an
edict, Budge, v., and Ebullition.]
1. 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; as, the water boils.

2. To be agitated like boiling water, by any other cause than
heat; to bubble; to effervesce; as, the boiling waves.

He maketh the deep to boil like a pot. --Job xii.
31.

3. To pass from a liquid to an a["e]riform state or vapor
when heated; as, the water boils away.

4. To be moved or excited with passion; to be hot or fervid;
as, his blood boils with anger.

Then boiled my breast with flame and burning wrath.
--Surrey.

5. To be in boiling water, as in cooking; as, the potatoes
are boiling.

To boil away, to vaporize; to evaporate or be evaporated by
the action of heat.

To boil over, to run over the top of a vessel, as liquid
when thrown into violent agitation by heat or other cause
of effervescence; to be excited with ardor or passion so
as to lose self-control.


Boil, v. t.
1. To heat to the boiling point, or so as to cause
ebullition; as, to boil water.

2. To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation; as, to
boil sugar or salt.

3. To subject to the action of heat in a boiling liquid so as
to produce some specific effect, as cooking, cleansing,
etc.; as, to boil meat; to boil clothes.

The stomach cook is for the hall, And boileth meate
for them all. --Gower.

4. To steep or soak in warm water. [Obs.]

To try whether seeds be old or new, the sense can
not inform; but if you boil them in water, the new
seeds will sprout sooner. --Bacon.

To boil down, to reduce in bulk by boiling; as, to boil
down sap or sirup.


Boil, n.
Act or state of boiling. [Colloq.]


Boil, n. [Influenced by boil, v. See Beal, Bile.]
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.

A blind boil, one that suppurates imperfectly, or fails to
come to a head.

Delhi boil (Med.), a peculiar affection of the skin,
probably parasitic in origin, prevailing in India (as
among the British troops) and especially at Delhi.

Synonyms: boiling point, churn, furuncle, moil, roil, seethe

Antonyms: freeze

See Also: alter, boil, boil over, change, change state, cook, decoct, experience, feel, gumboil, move, overboil, roll, seethe, simmer, sizzle, staphylococcal infection, temperature, turn

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