• WordNet 3.6
    • n ebullition an unrestrained expression of emotion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ebullition A boiling or bubbling up of a liquid; the motion produced in a liquid by its rapid conversion into vapor.
    • Ebullition A sudden burst or violent display; an outburst; as, an ebullition of anger or ill temper.
    • Ebullition Effervescence occasioned by fermentation or by any other process which causes the liberation of a gas or an aëriform fluid, as in the mixture of an acid with a carbonated alkali.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ebullition The bubbling up or agitation which results from the action of heat on a liquid, owing to the lowest portions becoming gaseous and escaping; a boiling up or over. The temperature at which ebullition takes place varies with the liquid, and when performed in the open air with the pressure of the atmosphere, being higher when the pressure is increased, and lower when it is diminished. See boiling-point.
    • n ebullition Any similar agitation, bubbling up, or disturbed or seething condition or appearance, produced by causes other than heat, as when rapidly flowing water encounters numerous obstacles or contrary currents.
    • n ebullition Effervescence occasioned by fermentation or by any other process which causes the evolution of an aëriform fluid, as in the mixture of an acid with a carbonated alkali.
    • n ebullition Figuratively, an outward display of feeling; a sudden burst; a pouring forth; an overflowing: as, an ebullition of passion.
    • n ebullition Synonyms Ebullition, Effervescence, Fermentation. Ebullition is a boiling out or up; the word may be applied figuratively to that which suggests heated or intense activity. Effervescence is not the result of heat or of the escape of steam, but of the escape of gas from a liquid. Fermentation is a process often invisible, often taking place in solids, and sometimes producing effervescence in liquids.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ebullition act of boiling: agitation: an outbreak
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ébullition, L. ebullitio, fr. ebullire,. See Ebullient
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ebullient-em, ebullīree, out, and bullīre, to boil.


In literature:

Then, ashamed of his ebullition, halted and glanced diffidently at the young lady.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Impropriety here, on the other hand, is a recognition of life's facts, an expression of life, a playful ebullition.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Mrs. Jaynes was plainly of that sort that believes that all youthfulness and ebullition of spirits should be suppressed.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
These I attributed to the ebullitions of temper, natural enough in a defeated suitor.
"The Motor Pirate" by George Sidney Paternoster
For two minutes the river was in a state of ebullition, but gradually subsided.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
A greater ebullition perceptibly marked the spot.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
I expected an ebullition of anger from this individual.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
But their ebullition of glee was a little too much for their father's nerves.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Certainly, treason being in ebullition, the holders of power could not stand by and look.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
His appearance was one of great calmness tense above a suppressed ebullition.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, the ebullitions of the revolutionary element serve but to demonstrate its own weakness.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
But the ebullition died out as quickly as it had risen.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
That, very likely, is what you would do in the circumstances, and few would be disposed greatly to blame the indignant ebullition.
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton
I am blessed in that power to cover all inward ebullition with outward calm.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
But this was rather an ebullition of fancy than a sober proposition.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
I suppose a mere ebullition of congested literary talk.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
All these were the ebullitions of genius, which had not yet received a legitimate direction.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Of this temper we have already seen some painful ebullitions in his letters to Fanny Brawne.
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
She had excellent cause to remember the ebullition, for it was some time before she laughed again.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
This, with the black dregs, I emptied, and I can now well explain the ebullition which threw me into your arms.
"Specimens of German Romance" by Carl Franz van der Velde