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Idioms about boil

    boil off, Textiles.
    1. to degum (silk).
    2. to remove (sizing, wax, impurities, or the like) from a fabric by subjecting it to a hot scouring solution.
    Also boil out .

Origin of boil

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English boillen, boil(e), buile(n), from Old French boillir, buil(l)ir, from Latin bullīre “to bubble, effervesce, boil,” verbal derivative of noun bulla “bubble”

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4. Boil, seethe, simmer, stew are used figuratively to refer to agitated states of emotion. To boil suggests the state of being very hot with anger or rage: Rage made his blood boil. To seethe is to be deeply stirred, violently agitated, or greatly excited: A mind seething with conflicting ideas. To simmer means to be on the point of bursting out or boiling over: to simmer with curiosity, with anger. To stew is to worry, to be in a restless state of anxiety and excitement: to stew about ( or over ) one's troubles.

Other definitions for boil (2 of 2)

[ boil ]
/ bɔɪl /

noun Pathology.
a painful, circumscribed inflammation of the skin or a hair follicle, having a dead, suppurating inner core: usually caused by a staphylococcal infection.
Also called furuncle .

Origin of boil

First recorded before 1000; Middle English bil(e), bul(e), bel(e), Old English bȳle; cognate with German Beule “boil, hump,” akin to Old Norse beyla “hump, swelling”
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British Dictionary definitions for boil (1 of 2)

/ (bɔɪl) /

the state or action of boiling (esp in the phrases on the boil, off the boil)

Derived forms of boil

boilable, adjective

Word Origin for boil

C13: from Old French boillir, from Latin bullīre to bubble, from bulla a bubble

British Dictionary definitions for boil (2 of 2)

/ (bɔɪl) /

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 for boil

Old English bӯle; related to Old Norse beyla swelling, Old High German būlla bladder, Gothic ufbauljan to inflate
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Scientific definitions for boil

[ boil ]

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.
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