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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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Examples from the web for broiling
  • But compared to broiling, frying or microwaving your bread, you can't beat the convenient predictability of a toaster.
  • In part to escape the broiling tropical sun, he slipped into a tunnel that had been dug by looters.
  • At the center of the dayside, temperatures would range from warm to broiling.
  • But suddenly, the smell of broiling cow had me heading for the toilet.
  • Place in a buttered wire broiler and broil over a clear fire until juices flow, turning while broiling.
  • When coal is not used, or a fire is not in condition for broiling, a plan for pan broiling has been adopted.
  • Since incubators have been so much used for hatching chickens, small birds suitable for broiling may be always found in market.
  • Steaks may be ordered cut thick for broiling, or in wafer-thin slices for breading and frying.
  • The one with paprika is ideal for a dip for fish before frying or for chicken before broiling.
  • Spray a baking sheet or broiling pan with cooking spray.
British Dictionary definitions for broiling

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 broiling

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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Encyclopedia Article for broiling

cooking by exposing food to direct radiant heat, either on a grill over live coals or below a gas burner or electric coil. Broiling differs from roasting and baking in that the food is turned during the process so as to cook one side at a time. Temperatures are higher for broiling than for roasting; the broil indicator of a household range is typically set around 550 F (288 C), whereas larger commercial appliances broil between 700 and 1,000 F (371 and 538 C)

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