- 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.
Idioms about boil
- 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
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How to use boil in a sentence
Fill the pot with warm water so the jars are covered by an inch or two, and bring it to a boil.
Fill your pot with water until it’s nearly half full, and bring it to a boil.A Family-Friendly Camp Meal That Everyone Can Help With|Wes Siler|October 1, 2020|Outside Online
Residents of Lake Jackson, where the boy contracted the amoeba after playing at a local water park, are under a boil water advisory.
The release says the process should take about two weeks, during which the boil water advisory will remain in place.
They are simply a boil on the rectum of humanity and should be treated as such.
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
In conversation, her ideas emerge at a roiling boil that often takes on a momentum of its own.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the string beans.
A curse-filled half hour that saw my blood boil as my filing deadline ticked further into the past.J.K. Rowling Pens the Greatest Horror Story Ever: Dolores Umbridge Was Real|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Businesses are suffering more each day in an area where the rents are extortionate, and the situation could boil over soon.
Still he hung on, drawing himself upward to hook a leg over the very pipe that threatened to boil him alive.
When the Cave-men first learned to boil water, do you think they would think of boiling food?The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Boil the oil and soap together in a pipkin, and then gradually stir in the sand and lemon-juice.
Like a boil, such a horse race as this must burst some day, and it was reaching the acute stage.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
Let it boil in the suds for an hour or more, till the lace is clean and white all through.
British Dictionary definitions for boil (1 of 2)
Derived forms of boilboilable, adjective
Word Origin for boil
British Dictionary definitions for boil (2 of 2)
Word Origin for boil
Scientific definitions for boil
Other 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