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
Synonyms for boil
Origin of boil2
Examples from the Web for boil
Contemporary Examples of boil
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season liberally with salt.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole
December 27, 2014
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the string beans.The Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris
November 27, 2014
Businesses are suffering more each day in an area where the rents are extortionate, and the situation could boil over soon.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
October 3, 2014
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
September 22, 2014
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
September 19, 2014
Historical Examples of boil
An' I hopes, ol girl,' says he, 'that you'll be able t' boil the water 'ithout burnin' it.'Quaint Courtships
The captain had ordered Cooper to boil some pitch at the galley.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Then increase the fire, and boil it hard for a few minutes only.
It will be a great improvement to cut up a yam and boil it in the soup.
Put them into the soup, add a handful of chopped parsley, and let them boil.
Word Origin for boil
Word Origin for boil
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."
In addition to the idioms beginning with boil
- boil down
- boiling point
- boil over
- make one's blood boil
- watched pot never boils