boiling

[ boi-ling ]
/ ˈbɔɪ lɪŋ /

adjective

having reached the boiling point; steaming or bubbling up under the action of heat: boiling water.
fiercely churning or swirling: the boiling seas.
(of anger, rage, etc.) intense; fierce; heated.

adverb

to an extreme extent; very: August is usually boiling hot; boiling mad.

Origin of boiling

1250–1300; Middle English. See boil1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM boiling

boil·ing·ly, adverbhalf-boil·ing, adjectivenon·boil·ing, adjective

Definition for boiling (2 of 2)

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 for boil

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 boiling (1 of 3)

boiling
/ (ˈbɔɪlɪŋ) /

adjective, adverb

very warma boiling hot day

noun

the whole boiling slang the whole lot

British Dictionary definitions for boiling (2 of 3)

boil1
/ (bɔɪl) /

verb

noun

the state or action of boiling (esp in the phrases on the boil, off the boil)

Derived forms of boil

boilable, adjective

Word Origin for boil

C13: from Old French boillir, from Latin bullīre to bubble, from bulla a bubble

British Dictionary definitions for boiling (3 of 3)

boil2
/ (bɔɪl) /

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 follicleTechnical name: furuncle

Word Origin for boil

Old English bӯle; related to Old Norse beyla swelling, Old High German būlla bladder, Gothic ufbauljan to inflate
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Medicine definitions for boiling

boil
[ boil ]

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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Science definitions for boiling

boil
[ boil ]

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 boiling

boil

In addition to the idioms beginning with boil

  • boil down
  • boiling point
  • boil over

also see:

  • make one's blood boil
  • watched pot never boils
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