SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN noun . Rocketry any vapor loss from the oxidizer or fuel in a rocket during countdown. Also called boil·ing-off . [ boi-ling- awf, - of] /ˈbɔɪ lɪŋˈɔf, -ˈɒf/ . Textiles the process of degumming silk. the process of removing sizing, wax, impurities, etc., from fabric by scouring. Origin of boil-off
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1955–60; noun use of verb phrase boil off verb (used without object) 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. verb (used with object) 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. noun 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. Verb Phrases 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. Idioms 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. Also boil out. Origin of boil 1 1250–1300; Middle English boillen < Anglo-French, Old French boillir < Latin bullīre to bubble, effervesce, boil, verbal derivative of bulla bubble Synonym study 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for boil off verb to remove or be removed (from) by boiling to boil off impurities verb to change or cause to change from a liquid to a vapour so rapidly that bubbles of vapour are formed copiously in the liquid Compare 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; seethe the 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 liquid the pot is boiling noun the state or action of boiling (esp in the phrases on the boil, off the boil) Derived Forms boilable, adjective Word Origin for boil
C13: from Old French
boillir, from Latin bullīre to bubble, from bulla a bubble noun a red painful swelling with a hard pus-filled core caused by bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, esp at a hair follicle Technical name: furuncle Word Origin for boil
bӯle; related to Old Norse beyla swelling, Old High German būlla bladder, Gothic ufbauljan to inflate
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Word Origin and History for boil off v.
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]
Boiled; boiling. Boiling point is recorded from 1773. n.
"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."
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n. A painful, circumscribed pus-filled inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissue usually caused by a local staphylococcal infection. furuncle
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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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Idioms and Phrases with boil off
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boil boil down boiling point boil over
make one's blood boil watched pot never boils
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