- boiler horsepower,
- boiler room,
- boiler suit,
- boiling point,
- boiling-water reactor,
Origin of boiling
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.
Origin of boil1
Examples from the Web for boiling
He first rose to prominence as a lawyer in Queens, who settled a boiling racial dispute over public housing in Forest Hills.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is important in the concentration process, which takes place by means of an extraordinarily measured period of boiling.
Ground glass is put in food to cause internal bleeding, and nicotine concentrated by boiling can cause a heart attack.
As infants, my kids ate food right off the floor without washing or boiling.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned|Kent Sepkowitz|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Wynd said the shrinking process includes filling the head with hot sand and boiling it with herbs.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum|Liza Foreman|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sister Shriner is boiling over with railing toward God's pure little ones.Birth of a Reformation|Andrew Byers
Now, if we consider that water raised to 212° is boiling, we shall be as much astonished at their powers of enduring heat as cold.
Who could be so credulous as to believe that minute organic forms could live through the boiling process?The Relations of Science and Religion|Henry Calderwood
There are two ways to clean the skeletons of large mammals: by boiling the bones, and by maceration.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting|William T. Hornaday
She finally opened the door to her husband who was boiling with rage.The Red and the Black|Stendhal
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