boiling off

boil-off

[boil-awf, -of]
noun
1.
Rocketry. any vapor loss from the oxidizer or fuel in a rocket during countdown.
2.
Also called boiling-off [boi-ling-awf, -of] . Textiles.
a.
the process of degumming silk.
b.
the process of removing sizing, wax, impurities, etc., from fabric by scouring.

Origin:
1955–60; noun use of verb phrase boil off

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