• Bending Boards into Shape after Boiling Them
    Bending Boards into Shape after Boiling Them
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v boil immerse or be immersed in a boiling liquid, often for cooking purposes "boil potatoes","boil wool"
    • v boil bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point "boil this liquid until it evaporates"
    • v boil come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor "Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius"
    • v boil be in an agitated emotional state "The customer was seething with anger"
    • v boil be agitated "the sea was churning in the storm"
    • n boil the temperature at which a liquid boils at sea level "they brought the water to a boil"
    • n boil a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A watched pot never boils A watched pot never boils

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thirty to 40 gallons of sugar maple sap must be boiled down to make just one gallon of maple syrup
    • n Boil 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.
    • n Boil Act or state of boiling.
    • Boil 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."
    • Boil 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 .
    • Boil To be in boiling water, as in cooking; as, the potatoes are boiling .
    • Boil 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."
    • Boil To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation; as, to boil sugar or salt.
    • Boil To heat to the boiling point, or so as to cause ebullition; as, to boil water.
    • Boil To pass from a liquid to an aëriform state or vapor when heated; as, the water boils away.
    • Boil To steep or soak in warm water. "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."
    • Boil 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Boil in tin pot twenty to twenty-five minutes. If boiled longer it will not taste fresh and lively.
    • n boil An inflamed and painful suppurating tumor; a furuncle.
    • boil To bubble up or be in a state of ebullition, especially through the action of heat, the bubbles of gaseous vapor which have been formed in the lower portion rising to the surface and escaping: said of a liquid, and sometimes of the containing vessel: as, the water boils; the pot boils. The same action is induced by diminished pressure, as when water boils under the exhausted receiver of an air-pump, or when carbon dioxid liquefied under high pressure boils upon the removal of the pressure. See boiling-point and ebullition.
    • boil To be in an agitated state like that of boiling, through any other cause than heat or diminished pressure; exhibit a swirling or swelling motion; seethe: as, the waves boil.
    • boil To be agitated by vehement or angry feeling; be hot or excited: as, my blood boils at this injustice.
    • boil To undergo or be subjected to the action of water or other liquid when at the point of ebullition: as, the meat is now boiling.
    • boil To put into a state of ebullition; cause to be agitated or to bubble by the application of heat.
    • boil To collect, form, or separate by the application of heat, as sugar, salt, etc.
    • boil To subject to the action of heat in a liquid raised to its point of ebullition, so as to produce some specific effect; cook or seethe in a boiling liquid: as, to boil meat, potatoes, etc.; to boil silk, thread, etc.
    • n boil The state or act of boiling; boiling-point: as, to bring water to a boil.
    • n boil That which is boiled; a boiling preparation.
    • n boil The period during which the carbon is being burned out of the iron in a puddling-furnace. During this period jets of burning carbonic oxid cover the surface of the bath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Boiled grape juice was the fluid used as a lubricant for the first contact lenses. Eugene Flick, who invented contact lenses in 1887, chose boiled grape juice over sugar water to lubricate the thick glass lenses that covered the entire eye.
    • v.i Boil boil to bubble up from the action of heat: to be hot: to be excited or agitated
    • v.t Boil to heat to a boiling state: to cook or dress by boiling
    • adj Boil bubbling: swelling with heat or passion
    • n Boil boil an inflamed swelling or tumour.
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We boil at different degrees.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “I know by my own pot how the others boil.”
  • Julie Burchill
    “The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion; things to make life easier for men, in fact.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.”
  • Julie Burchill
    “Now the whole dizzying and delirious range of sexual possibilities has been boiled down to that one big, boring, bulimic word. RELATIONSHIP.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Little pots soon boil over.”


A watched pot never boils - Some things work out in their own time, so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem longer.
Boil to the surface - If a problem or issue boils to the surface, it emerges at a particular time and needs to be discussed or resolved.
Make your blood boil - If something makes your blood boil, it makes you very angry.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. boilen, OF. boilir, builir, F. bouillir, fr. L. bullire, to be in a bubbling motion, from bulla, bubble; akin to Gr. , Lith. bumbuls,. Cf. Bull an edict, Budge (v.), and Ebullition
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. býl; Ger. beule.


In literature:

The longer you boil them, the hotter the water will get.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Boil or bake two kinds of vegetables successfully.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Boil three pounds of lump sugar in a gallon of water; skim it clean, put in a handful of balm, and boil it ten minutes.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Set it over the fire to boil; when it boils, put it on one side to boil gently, till the head is tender.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
The water boiled and burst in a strange splash.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
The cauldron was full of boiling copper.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
To a quart of the liquor in which a fresh haddock has been boiled, add half-a-pint of water in which onions have been boiled.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
By this time the kettle was boiling, and it served him as a signal.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The water will also become hot and boil away.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius

In poetry:

The king his son of Yvytot
Stood once and saw the waters go
Boiling around with hissing sound
The sullen phantom rocks below.
"Yvytot" by Eugene Field
No matter what end they decide
Quick-lime? or boiling oil? sir
We’ll do our best when crucified
To finish off in style, sir !
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
“Who sails too near its jagged teeth,
He shall have evil lot;
For the calmest seas that tumble there
Froth like a boiling pot.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
And he may shed his tears,
Who tears at will can shed,
Whilst the blood doth boil in his hollow heart,
Like the fiery lava, red.
"The Queen's Triumph" by Samuel Bamford
'Sunk were gardens, sunk ajoupas;
Hut and hammock, man and hound:
And above the Chayma village
Boiled with pitch the cursed ground.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
E'en the very stars seemed troubled
With the mingled fume and roar;
The city like a cauldron bubbled,
With its poison boiling o'er.
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Water woes force 'boil water' alert in Camden NJ.
Chitlins or chitterlings are the boiled and fried intestines of a hog and thousands of people are expected to line up for the dish at $10 a plate.
Boil potatoes and garlic for 30 minutes.
Sieve the two flours together then make a well and pour in the boiling water.
Cover and bring to a boil.
Nothing can beat a serving of still-steaming corn on the cob, lifted straight from a pot of boiling water onto your plate.
Place over gently boiling water and cook until melted, stirring constantly.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the apples are tender and the sausages are cooked through, about 30 minutes.
2 cups boiling vegetable stock.
Revision of D2887 - 08 Standard Test Method for Boiling Range Distribution of Petroleum Fractions by Gas Chromatography .
Remove the egg and crack it open—if it is hard-boiled, the clambakes are cooked.
Boil or steam the potatoes until fully cooked, about 20 minutes.
Mountains of papers and packaging filled his home from floor to ceiling and, worryingly, surrounded his gas cooker where he made his boiled eggs and toast.
MALDEN— A boil order issued this week in the village of Malden will last all weekend, according to Kurt Downie, who takes care of the water system for the city.
Put the clementines in a pot with cold water to cover, bring to the boil, and cook for 2 hours.

In science:

This makes possible the atomic and molecular mesoscopic Bose condensation (mBC) in regular solids and liquids at temperatures, below boiling point.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
We can conclude that the hierarchic scenario of mechanical boiling, presented here can provide a background for elaboration of a quantitative physical theory of turbulence and other hydrodynamic instabilities like Taylor’s and Benar’s ones. 3.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Introduction. A problem in enumerative geometry frequently boils down to the computation of an integral on a moduli space.
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
In the authors studied a random growth model called oriented digital boiling and determined the limiting shape and its fluctuations.
On Convergence of Moments for Random Young Tableaux and a Random Growth Model
We note that the picture does not change up to the highest accessible temperatures: little below the boiling point, the α peak is still separated by almost a decade in frequency from the vibrational shoulder.
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene