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.
to an extreme extent; very: August is usually boiling hot; boiling mad.
- boil·ing·ly, adverb
- half-boiling, adjective
- non·boil·ing, adjective
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How to use boiling in a sentence
Wipe any excess food off your tongs, cutting board, and knife, then dunk them in the boiling water for a minute or two to sterilize them.A Family-Friendly Camp Meal That Everyone Can Help With | Wes Siler | October 1, 2020 | Outside Online
Considering the many of uses that fire provides, from water boiling, to heating, lighting, and cooking, it makes sense to carry multiple fire starting methods in your kit, but even these can be inadequate in cold, wet, and windy weather.
It increasingly feels like America is reaching a boiling point, more raging bonfire than flash in the pan.
Workers and wildlife rescuers couldn’t immediately approach the site — it was 400 degrees underground, and if the earth exploded or gave way, they might be scalded or drown in boiling fluids.Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them. | by Janet Wilson, The Desert Sun, and Lylla Younes, ProPublica | September 18, 2020 | ProPublica
It’s a movement that has had its roots over multiple decades and reached a boiling point because of an extradition bill last year.South China Morning Post CEO Gary Liu on navigating a perilous time for Hong Kong | Pierre Bienaimé | July 14, 2020 | Digiday
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is important in the concentration process, which takes place by means of an extraordinarily measured period of boiling.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters | | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The camp grew still, except for the rough and ready cook pottering about the fire, boiling buffalo-meat and mixing biscuit-dough.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The color does not disappear upon boiling, which excludes diacetic acid.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
She was boiling mullets over a few red coals in the huge fireplace.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Starch is insoluble in cold water, but by boiling, it dissolves, forming a thick paste.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
It dissolves readily in cold water, and is converted into sugar by long continued boiling with acids.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for boiling
very warm: a boiling hot day
the whole boiling slang the whole lot
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