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broil1

[broil] /brɔɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cook by direct heat, as on a gridiron over the heat or in an oven under the heat; grill:
to broil a steak.
2.
to scorch; make very hot.
verb (used without object)
3.
to be subjected to great heat; become broiled.
4.
to burn with impatience, annoyance, etc.
noun
5.
the act or state of broiling; state of being broiled.
6.
something broiled, especially meat:
She ordered a beef broil and salad.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English brulen, brolyn, broillen < Anglo-French bruill(i)er, broil(l)er, Old French brusler, brul(l)er to burn (French brûler), a conflation of the verbs represented by Old French bruir to burn (< Frankish *brōjan; compare Middle High German brü(ej)en, German brühen to scald) and usler < Latin ustulāre to scorch
Related forms
broilingly, adverb

broil2

[broil] /brɔɪl/
noun
1.
an angry quarrel or struggle; disturbance; tumult:
a violent broil over who was at fault.
verb (used without object)
2.
to quarrel; brawl.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English broylen to present in disorder, quarrel < Anglo-French, Old French broiller to jumble together < Gallo-Romance *brodiculāre, equivalent to *brod- (< Germanic; see broth, brewis) + Late Latin -iculāre v. suffix
Related forms
broilingly, adverb
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  • broil until the sugar caramelizes, anywhere from one to four minutes, depending on broiler's heat.
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  • broil these tomato-basil-cheese sandwiches in the oven for a hot meal in minutes.
  • Brush thin slices of baguette with olive oil and broil until golden.
  • Sprinkle the fennel with the cheese, return it to the broiler and broil until it is lightly browned.
  • broil about five minutes until skin is golden brown.
  • Brush pineapple and onion slices with remaining olive oil and grill or broil until seared.
  • Return to the broiler and broil about three minutes.
  • broil the swordfish steak until medium rare, about four to six minutes on each side.
  • Turn over and broil on the other side for two to five minutes, until charred on the other side.
British Dictionary definitions for broil

broil1

/brɔɪl/
verb
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) to cook (meat, fish, etc) by direct heat, as under a grill or over a hot fire, or (of meat, fish, etc) to be cooked in this way Usual equivalent (in Britain and other countries) grill
2.
to become or cause to become extremely hot
3.
(intransitive) to be furious
noun
4.
the process of broiling
5.
something broiled
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bruillir to burn, of uncertain origin

broil2

/brɔɪl/
noun
1.
a loud quarrel or disturbance; brawl
verb
2.
(intransitive) to brawl; quarrel
Word Origin
C16: from Old French brouiller to mix, from breu broth; see brewis, brose
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Word Origin and History for broil
v.

"to cook," late 14c. (earlier "to burn," mid-14c.), from Old French bruller "to broil, roast" (Modern French brûler), earlier brusler "to burn" (11c.), which, with Italian bruciare, is of uncertain and much-disputed origin.

Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *brodum "broth," borrowed from Germanic and ultimately related to brew (v.). Gamillscheg proposes it to be from Latin ustulare "to scorch, singe" (from ustus, past participle of urere "to burn") and altered by influence of Germanic "burn" words beginning in br-. Related: Broiled; broiling.

early 15c., "to quarrel, brawl," also "mix up, present in disorder," from Anglo-French broiller "mix up, confuse," Old French brooillier "to mix, mingle," figuratively "to have sexual intercourse" (13c., Modern French brouiller), perhaps from breu, bro "stock, broth, brew," from Frankish or another Germanic source (cf. Old High German brod "broth") akin to broth (see brew (v.)); also compare imbroglio.

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