verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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.
- 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.
- to degum (silk).
- to remove (sizing, wax, impurities, or the like) from a fabric by subjecting it to a hot scouring solution.
Origin of boil1
Definition for boil (2 of 2)
Origin of boil2
Examples from the Web for boil
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season liberally with salt.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole|Carla Hall|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the string beans.
Businesses are suffering more each day in an area where the rents are extortionate, and the situation could boil over soon.
But there is a middle way from clean-cut hunkdom to looking like a militia leader who might boil a hitchhiker alive.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point|Tim Teeman|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Get out before the show went off the boil, as some feel it has?Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho|Tim Teeman|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Allow to boil until the balls are well set, turning them over that both sides may get done.The Allinson Vegetarian Cookery Book|Thomas R. Allinson
Let it boil a little, then take it out, drain it over the saucepan, and dry it before the fire.
Watch carefully until the liquid in the bottle begins to boil.First Book in Physiology and Hygiene|J.H. Kellogg
Three quarters of an hour will bake it, and an hour will boil it.
Cook slowly until the prunes are tender and then drain the syrup and boil ten minutes before pouring over the prunes.Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book|Mary A. Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for boil (1 of 2)
Derived Formsboilable, adjective
Word Origin for boil
British Dictionary definitions for boil (2 of 2)
Word Origin for boil
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Idioms and Phrases with boil
In addition to the idioms beginning with boil
- boil down
- boiling point
- boil over
- make one's blood boil
- watched pot never boils