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ebullition

[eb-uh-lish-uh n] /ˌɛb əˈlɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
a seething or overflowing, as of passion or feeling; outburst.
2.
the state of being ebullient.
3.
the act or process of boiling up.
4.
a rushing forth of water, lava, etc., in a state of agitation.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin ēbullītiōn- (stem of ēbullītiō), equivalent to ēbullīt(us) (past participle of ēbullīre to boil up ēbullī- (see ebullient) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
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  • And it appears to be this methane that is the source of the current ebullition.
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British Dictionary definitions for ebullition

ebullition

/ˌɛbəˈlɪʃən/
noun
1.
the process of boiling
2.
a sudden outburst, as of intense emotion
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin ēbullītiō; see ebullient
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