[eb-uh-lish-uh n]


a seething or overflowing, as of passion or feeling; outburst.
the state of being ebullient.
the act or process of boiling up.
a rushing forth of water, lava, etc., in a state of agitation.

Origin of ebullition

1525–35; < Latin ēbullītiōn- (stem of ēbullītiō), equivalent to ēbullīt(us) (past participle of ēbullīre to boil up ēbullī- (see ebullient) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for ebullition

Historical Examples of ebullition

  • I was then taken to visit his incandescent ovens and his vats in a state of ebullition.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Sebright had paused only long enough for this ebullition to be over.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • The scene is too solemn for an ebullition of boisterous mirth.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • “We must try to overtake them,” said I, without answering to the ebullition.

  • But their ebullition of glee was a little too much for their father's nerves.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

British Dictionary definitions for ebullition



the process of boiling
a sudden outburst, as of intense emotion

Word Origin for ebullition

C16: from Late Latin ēbullītiō; see ebullient
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