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boil 1

v. boiled, boil·ing, boils
a. To change from a liquid to a vapor by the application of heat: All the water boiled away and left the kettle dry.
b. To reach the boiling point.
c. To undergo the action of boiling, especially in being cooked.
2. To be in a state of agitation; seethe: a river boiling over the rocks.
3. To be stirred up or greatly excited, especially in anger: The mere idea made me boil.
a. To vaporize (a liquid) by the application of heat.
b. To heat to the boiling point.
2. To cook or clean by boiling.
3. To separate by evaporation in the process of boiling: boil the maple sap.
1. The condition or act of boiling.
2. Lower Southern US A picnic featuring shrimp, crab, or crayfish boiled in large pots with spices, and then shelled and eaten by hand.
3. An agitated, swirling, roiling mass of liquid: "Those tumbling boils show a dissolving bar and a changing channel there" (Mark Twain).
Phrasal Verbs:
boil down
1. To reduce in bulk or size by boiling.
2. To condense; summarize: boiled down the complex document.
3. To constitute the equivalent of in summary: The scathing editorial simply boils down to an exercise in partisan politics.
boil over
1. To overflow while boiling.
2. To lose one's temper.

[Middle English boillen, from Old French boillir, from Latin bullīre, from bulla, bubble.]

boil′a·ble adj.
Synonyms: boil1, simmer, seethe, stew
These verbs mean, both literally and figuratively, to stir up or agitate. To boil is to heat a liquid until it churns with bubbles. Figuratively it pertains to intense agitation, often from anger: She boiled with rage at the insult.
Simmer denotes gentle cooking just at or below the boiling point. Figuratively it refers to a state of slow, contained ferment: Plans were simmering in his mind. The employees simmered with resentment over the cut in benefits.
To seethe is to boil steadily and vigorously. Its figurative usage can suggest vigorous activity or passionate emotion: "The arc lamp's cone of light seethes with winged insects" (Claire Davis)."The city had ... been seething with discontent" (John R. Green).
Stew refers literally to slow boiling and figuratively to a persistent but not violent state of agitation: "They don't want a man to fret and stew about his work" (William H. Whyte, Jr.).

boil 2

A painful, circumscribed pus-filled inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissue usually caused by a local staphylococcal infection. Also called furuncle.

[Middle English bile, from Old English bȳle.]
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boil over

vb (adverb)
1. to overflow or cause to overflow while boiling
2. (intr) to burst out in anger or excitement: she boiled over at the mention of his name.
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Verb1.boil over - overflow or cause to overflow while boiling; "The milk is boiling over"
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1. To cook (food) in liquid heated to the point of steaming:
2. To be in a state of emotional or mental turmoil:
phrasal verb
boil away
To pass off as vapor, especially when heated:
phrasal verb
boil down
To reduce in complexity or scope:
phrasal verb
boil over
To be or become angry:
Informal: steam.
Idioms: blow a fuse, blow a gasket, blow one's stack, breathe fire, fly off the handle, get hot under the collar, hit the ceiling, lose one's temper, see red.
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w>boil over

(fig, situation, quarrel) → den Siedepunkt erreichen; he just boiled overihm platzte der Kragen (inf)
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(boil) verb
1. to turn rapidly from liquid to vapour when heated. I'm boiling the water; The water's boiling.
2. to cook by boiling in water etc. I've boiled the potatoes.
ˈboiler noun
a vessel in which water is heated or steam is produced.
ˈboiling-point noun
the temperature at which something boils.
boil down to
to amount to; to indicate as a final analysis or judgement. It all boils down to money; What it boils down to is that you have to make a choice between family and career.
boil over
to boil and overflow. The pan of water boiled over and spilt on the floor.
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boil over

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Gareth Rees and Kaneria were also involved in a slanging match which threatened to boil over before Glamorgan captain Jamie Dalrymple, Wright and Sharp intervened.
Marcus Trescothick insists, 'It was hard-fought but it didn't boil over too much.
Trescothick,one of only a handful of survivors from that tour,insists: ``It was hard-fought but it didn't boil over too much.