boil1 S3 [bɔıl] v
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: boillir, from Latin bullire, from bulla 'bubble']
1.) [I and T]
when a liquid boils, or when you boil it, it becomes hot enough to turn into gas
boil at
The solution boiled at 57.4°C.
Put the spaghetti into plenty of boiling salted water.
We were advised to boil the water before drinking it.
2.) [I and T]
to cook something in boiling water
a boiled egg
Boil the rice for 15 minutes.
She fried the chicken and put the vegetables on to boil .
3.) [I and T]
if something containing liquid boils, the liquid inside it is boiling
The kettle's boiling - shall I turn it off?
The saucepan boiled dry on the stove.
4.) [T]
to wash something, using boiling water
I always boil the cotton sheets.
if you are boiling with anger, you are extremely angry
boil with
Lewis was boiling with rage and misery.
→↑boiling point, make sb's blood boil [i]atblood1 (4)
boil away phr v
if a liquid boils away, it disappears because it has been heated too much
The soup's almost boiled away.
boil down phr v
1.) boil down to sth informal
if a long statement, argument etc boils down to a single statement, that statement is the main point or cause
Think of the money you can make - that's what it all boils down to.
It boils down to a question of priorities.
2.) boil sth<=>down
to make a list or piece of writing shorter by not including anything that is not necessary
You can boil this down so that there are just two main categories.
3.) if a food or liquid boils down, or if you boil it down, it becomes less after it is cooked
Spinach tends to boil down a lot.
boil sth<=>down
glue made from boiling down old sheepskins
boil over phr v
1.) if a liquid boils over when it is heated, it rises and flows over the side of the container
The milk was boiling over on the stove behind her.
2.) if a situation or an emotion boils over, the people involved stop being calm
All the bitterness of the last two years seemed to boil over.
boil over into
Anger eventually boils over into words and actions that are later regretted.
boil up phr v
1.) if a situation or emotion boils up, bad feelings grow until they reach a dangerous level
She could sense that trouble was boiling up at work.
He could feel the anger boiling up inside him.
2.) boil sth<=>up
to heat food or a liquid until it begins to boil
Boil the fruit up with sugar.
boil 2
boil2 n
[Sense: 1,3; Date: 1400-1500; Origin: BOIL1]
[Sense: 2; Origin: Old English byl]
1.) the boil
BrE a boil AmE
the act or state of boiling
Add the seasoning and bring the sauce to the boil .
She waited for the water to come to the boil (=begin to boil) .
a painful infected swelling under someone's skin
The boy's body is covered in boils.
3.) go off the boil
BrE to become less good at something that you are usually very good at
He's gone off the boil after a tournament win in Dubai.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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