Origin of boiled
- to change from a liquid to a gaseous state, producing bubbles of gas that rise to the surface of the liquid, agitating it as they rise.
- to reach or be brought to the boiling point: When the water boils, add the meat and cabbage.
- to be in an agitated or violent state: The sea boiled in the storm.
- to be deeply stirred or upset.
- to contain, or be contained in, a liquid that boils: The kettle is boiling. The vegetables are boiling.
- to cause to boil or to bring to the boiling point: Boil two cups of water.
- to cook (something) in boiling water: to boil eggs.
- to separate (sugar, salt, etc.) from a solution containing it by boiling off the liquid.
- the act or an instance of boiling.
- the state or condition of boiling: He brought a kettle of water to a boil.
- an area of agitated, swirling, bubbling water, as part of a rapids.
- Also called blow. Civil Engineering. an unwanted flow of water and solid matter into an excavation, due to excessive outside water pressure.
- boil down,
- to reduce the quantity of by boiling off liquid.
- to shorten; abridge.
- to be simplifiable or summarizable as; lead to the conclusion that; point: It all boils down to a clear case of murder.
- boil over,
- to overflow while boiling or as if while boiling; burst forth; erupt.
- to be unable to repress anger, excitement, etc.: Any mention of the incident makes her boil over.
- boil off, Textiles.
- to degum (silk).
- to remove (sizing, wax, impurities, or the like) from a fabric by subjecting it to a hot scouring solution.
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Examples from the Web for boiled
In ‘non-cooking’ prisons they still sold raw macaroni but if you boiled water to cook it you were breaking the law.
I had an awful episode when I boiled two pounds of fresh broccoli in a plastic bag with the nail clipper for heat.
“It boiled down to a perjury charge,” he tells The Daily Beast.The Banks’ War on Porn Stars
Richard Abowitz, Marlow Stern
May 7, 2014
Their disciplined diet can be boiled down to three simple rules that we can massage to fit our untelevised lifestyle.These Diet Lessons From Olympians Will Help You Lose Weight and Look Awesome
Jenna A. Bell
February 15, 2014
Got to the point where Onstad boiled over, cornered Johnny, bawled him out.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
If the juice is boiled too long, the jelly will be darker than it should be.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
If water is impure, it must be boiled and then aerated before it is drunk.
Boiled and seasoned as spinach it makes equally good greens.Her Father's Daughter
"She is very like a boiled sole," answered the Vicomte, with a wry face.Night and Morning, Complete
Many persons are fond of mutton that has been boiled in soup.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- to change or cause to change from a liquid to a vapour so rapidly that bubbles of vapour are formed copiously in the liquidCompare evaporate
- to reach or cause to reach boiling point
- to cook or be cooked by the process of boiling
- (intr) to bubble and be agitated like something boiling; seethethe ocean was boiling
- (intr) to be extremely angry or indignant (esp in the phrase make one's blood boil)she was boiling at his dishonesty
- (intr) to contain a boiling liquidthe pot is boiling
- the state or action of boiling (esp in the phrases on the boil, off the boil)
- a red painful swelling with a hard pus-filled core caused by bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, esp at a hair follicleTechnical name: furuncle
Word Origin and History for boiled
early 13c., from Old French bolir "boil, bubble up, ferment, gush" (12c., Modern French bouillir), from Latin bullire "to bubble, seethe," from PIE base *beu- "to swell" (see bull (n.2)). The native word is seethe. Figurative sense of "to agitate the feelings" is from 1640s.
I am impatient, and my blood boyls high. [Thomas Otway, "Alcibiades," 1675]
Related: Boiled; boiling. Boiling point is recorded from 1773.
"hard tumor," altered from Middle English bile (Kentish bele), perhaps by association with the verb; from Old English byl, byle "boil, carbuncle," from West Germanic *buljon- "swelling" (cf. Old Frisian bele, Old High German bulia, German Beule). Perhaps ultimately from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to swell" (see bole), or from *beu- "to grow, swell" (see bull (n.2); also cf. boast). Cf. Old Irish bolach "pustule," Gothic ufbauljan "to puff up," Icelandic beyla "hump."
- A painful, circumscribed pus-filled inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissue usually caused by a local staphylococcal infection.furuncle
- To change from a liquid to a gaseous state by being heated to the boiling point and being provided with sufficient energy. Boiling is an example of a phase transition.