[boil-awf, -of]


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.
  1. the process of degumming silk.
  2. the process of removing sizing, wax, impurities, etc., from fabric by scouring.

Origin of boil-off

First recorded in 1955–60; noun use of verb phrase boil off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019