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Webster 1913 Edition


Boil

Boil

(boil)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Boiled
(boild)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Boiling
.]
[OE.
boilen
, OF.
boilir
,
builir
, F.
bouillir
, fr. L.
bullire
to be in a bubbling motion, from
bulla
bubble; akin to Gr.
[GREEK]
, Lith.
bumbuls
. Cf.
Bull
an edict,
Budge
,
Verb.
, and
Ebullition
.]
1.
To be agitated, or tumultuously moved, as a liquid by the generation and rising of bubbles of steam (or vapor), or of currents produced by heating it to the boiling point; to be in a state of ebullition;
as, the water
boils
.
2.
To be agitated like boiling water, by any other cause than heat; to bubble; to effervesce;
as, the
boiling
waves
.
He maketh the deep to
boil
like a pot.
Job xii. 31.
3.
To pass from a liquid to an aëriform state or vapor when heated;
as, the water
boils
away
.
4.
To be moved or excited with passion; to be hot or fervid;
as, his blood
boils
with anger
.
Then
boiled
my breast with flame and burning wrath.
Surrey.
5.
To be in boiling water, as in cooking;
as, the potatoes are
boiling
.
To boil away
,
to vaporize; to evaporate or be evaporated by the action of heat.
To boil over
,
to run over the top of a vessel, as liquid when thrown into violent agitation by heat or other cause of effervescence; to be excited with ardor or passion so as to lose self-control.

Boil

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To heat to the boiling point, or so as to cause ebullition;
as, to
boil
water
.
2.
To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation;
as, to
boil
sugar or salt
.
3.
To subject to the action of heat in a boiling liquid so as to produce some specific effect, as cooking, cleansing, etc.;
as, to
boil
meat; to
boil
clothes
.
The stomach cook is for the hall,
And
boileth
meate for them all.
Gower.
4.
To steep or soak in warm water.
[Obs.]
To try whether seeds be old or new, the sense can not inform; but if you
boil
them in water, the new seeds will sprout sooner.
Bacon.
To boil down
,
to reduce in bulk by boiling; as, to boil down sap or sirup.

Boil

,
Noun.
Act or state of boiling.
[Colloq.]

Boil

,
Noun.
[Influenced by
boil
, v. See
Beal
,
Bile
.]
A hard, painful, inflamed tumor, which, on suppuration, discharges pus, mixed with blood, and discloses a small fibrous mass of dead tissue, called the core.
A blind boil
,
one that suppurates imperfectly, or fails to come to a head.
Delhi boil
(Med.)
,
a peculiar affection of the skin, probably parasitic in origin, prevailing in India (as among the British troops) and especially at Delhi.

Webster 1828 Edition


Boil

BOIL

,
Verb.
I.
[L. bullio, bulla, a bubble.]
1.
To swell,heave, or be agitated by the action of heat; to bubble; to rise in bubbles; as, the water boils. In a chimical sense, to pass from a liquid to an aeriform state or vapor, with a bubbling motion.
2.
To be agitated by any other cause than heat; as, the boiling waves which roll and foam.
3.
To be hot or fervid; to swell by native heat, vigor or irritation; as the boiling blood of youth; his blood boils with anger.
4.
To be in boiling water;to suffer boiling heat in water or other liquid, for cookery or other purpose.
5.
To bubble; to effervesce; as a mixture of acid and alkali. To boil away, to evaporate by boiling.
To boil over, is to run over the top of a vessel, as liquor when thrown into violent agitation by heat or other cause of effervescence.

BOIL

,
Verb.
T.
To dress or cook in boiling water; to seethe; to extract the juice or quality of any thing by boiling.
1.
To prepare for some use in boiling liquor; as, to boil silk, thread or cloth. To form by boiling and evaporation. This word is applied to a variety of processes for different purposes; as, to boil salt, or sugar, &c. In general, boiling is a violent agitation, occasioned by heat; to boil a liquor is to subject it to heat till it bubbles, and to boil any solid substance is to subject it to heat in a boiling liquid.

BOIL

,
Noun.
A tumor upon the flesh, accompanied with soreness and inflammation; a sore angry swelling.

Definition 2021


boil

boil

English

Noun

boil (plural boils)

  1. A localized accumulation of pus in the skin, resulting from infection.
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Etymology 2

Middle English boillen, from Old French boillir (French: bouillir) from Latin bullīre, present active infinitive of bulliō (I bubble, boil), from bulla (bubble). Displaced native Middle English sethen "to boil" (from Old English sēoþan "to boil, seethe"), Middle English wellen "to boil, bubble" (from Old English wiellan "to bubble, boil"), Middle English wallen "to well up, boil" (from Old English weallan "to well up, boil"). More at seethe, well.

Noun

boil (plural boils)

  1. The point at which fluid begins to change to a vapour.
    Add the noodles when the water comes to the boil.
  2. A dish of boiled food, especially based on seafood.
  3. (rare, nonstandard) The collective noun for a group of hawks.
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Verb

boil (third-person singular simple present boils, present participle boiling, simple past and past participle boiled)

  1. (transitive) To heat (a liquid) to the point where it begins to turn into a gas.
    Boil some water in a pan.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To cook in boiling water.
    Boil the eggs for two minutes.
    Is the rice boiling yet?
  3. (intransitive) Of a liquid, to begin to turn into a gas, seethe.
    Pure water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
  4. (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) Said of weather being uncomfortably hot.
    It’s boiling outside!
  5. (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) To feel uncomfortably hot. See also seethe.
    I’m boiling in here – could you open the window?
  6. To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation.
    to boil sugar or salt
  7. (obsolete) To steep or soak in warm water.
    • Francis Bacon
      To try whether seeds be old or new, the sense cannot inform; but if you boil them in water, the new seeds will sprout sooner.
  8. To be agitated like boiling water; to bubble; to effervesce.
    the boiling waves of the sea
    • Bible, Job xii. 31
      He maketh the deep to boil like a pot.
  9. To be moved or excited with passion; to be hot or fervid.
    His blood boils with anger.
    • Surrey
      Then boiled my breast with flame and burning wrath.
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