|1.||Compare evaporate to change or cause to change from a liquid to a vapour so rapidly that bubbles of vapour are formed copiously in the liquid|
|2.||to reach or cause to reach boiling point|
|3.||to cook or be cooked by the process of boiling|
|4.||(intr) to bubble and be agitated like something boiling; seethe: the ocean was boiling|
|5.||(intr) to be extremely angry or indignant (esp in the phrase make one's blood boil): she was boiling at his dishonesty|
|6.||(intr) to contain a boiling liquid: the pot is boiling|
|7.||the state or action of boiling (esp in the phrases on the boil, off the boil)|
|[C13: from Old French boillir, from Latin bullīre to bubble, from bulla a bubble]|
|1.||to reduce or be reduced in quantity and usually altered in consistency by boiling: to boil a liquid down to a thick glue|
|2.||boil down to|
|a. (intr) to be the essential element in something|
|b. (tr) to summarize; reduce to essentials|
"I am impatient, and my blood boyls high." [Thomas Otway, "Alcibiades," 1675]Boiling point is recorded from 1773.
A painful, circumscribed pus-filled inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissue usually caused by a local staphylococcal infection. Also called furuncle.
|boil (boil) Pronunciation Key
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.
(rendered "botch" in Deut. 28:27, 35), an aggravated ulcer, as in the case of Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:7; Isa. 38:21) or of the Egyptians (Ex. 9:9, 10, 11; Deut. 28:27, 35). It designates the disease of Job (2:7), which was probably the black leprosy.
Simplify, summarize, or shorten, as in John finally managed to boil his thesis down to 200 pages.
boil down to. Be reducible to basic elements, be equivalent to. For example, What this issue boils down to is that the council doesn't want to spend more money. These metaphoric usages allude to reducing and concentrating a substance by boiling off liquid. [Late 1800s]