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Definition of "boil" []

  • To change from a liquid to a vapor by the application of heat: All the water boiled away and left the kettle dry. (verb-intransitive)
  • To reach the boiling point. (verb-intransitive)
  • To undergo the action of boiling, especially in being cooked. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be in a state of agitation; seethe: a river boiling over the rocks. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be stirred up or greatly excited: The mere idea made me boil. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "boil" in a sentence
  • "Next take, say, a pint of milk, and let it boil; then throw in the bread-crumbs and let them _boil_ in the milk."
  • "The idea is you heat the mouth guard, then bite down on it to shape it to your mouth hence the name "boil and bite"."
  • "First of all this water coming out of the ground here, this is what they call a boil, this is actually water from the Mississippi River that's boiling out of the ground here, which is fascinating considering that we are obviously on the dry side of the levee."