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boiling

[ boi-ling ]
/ ˈbɔɪ lɪŋ /
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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.

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Origin of boiling

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

OTHER WORDS FROM boiling

boil·ing·ly, adverbhalf-boiling, adjectivenon·boil·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for boiling

boiling
/ (ˈbɔɪlɪŋ) /

adjective, adverb

very warma boiling hot day

noun

the whole boiling slang the whole lot
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