• WordNet 3.6
    • v broil cook under a broiler "broil fish"
    • v broil heat by a natural force "The sun broils the valley in the summer"
    • v broil be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun "The town was broiling in the sun","the tourists were baking in the heat"
    • n broil cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat (as over a fire or under a grill)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hamburger was invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen. He ground beef, broiled it, and served it between two pieces of toast.
    • n Broil A tumult; a noisy quarrel; a disturbance; a brawl; contention; discord, either between individuals or in the state. "I will own that there is a haughtiness and fierceness in human nature which will which will cause innumerable broils , place men in what situation you please."
    • v. i Broil To be subjected to the action of heat, as meat over the fire; to be greatly heated, or to be made uncomfortable with heat. "The planets and comets had been broiling in the sun."
    • Broil To cook by direct exposure to heat over a fire, esp. upon a gridiron over coals.
    • Broil To subject to great (commonly direct) heat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Contrary to popular belief, London Broil is not a cut of beef but rather a method of cooking.
    • broil To cook by the direct action of heat over or in front of a clear fire, generally upon a gridiron, as meat or fish.
    • broil To be subjected to the action of heat, as meat over a fire.
    • broil Figuratively, to be greatly heated; be heated to the point of great discomfort.
    • broil To fret; stew; be very impatient.
    • n broil An angry tumult; a noisy quarrel; contention; discord.
    • n broil Synonyms Affray, Altercation, etc. See quarrel, n.
    • broil To raise a broil; quarrel; brawl.
    • n broil In mining, a collection of loose fragments, usually discolored by oxidation, resting on the surface, and indicating the presence of a mineral vein beneath. See outcrop and gossan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Broil broil a noisy quarrel: a confused disturbance—(Scot.) Brul′yie, Brul′zie
    • v.t Broil broil to cook over hot coals: to grill
    • v.i Broil to be greatly heated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. brouiller, to disorder, from LL. brogilus, broilus, brolium, thicket, wood, park; of uncertain origin; cf. W. brog, a swelling out, OHG. prōil, marsh, G. brühl, MHG. brogen, to rise. The meaning tumult, confusion, comes apparently from tangled undergrowth, thicket, and this possibly from the meaning to grow, rise, sprout,


In literature:

Two of our young hunters having killed a deer, made a fire in the wood, to broil part of the flesh.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
I will broil you for my breakfast!
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
The guerilleros were seated or standing in groups around the fires, broiling jerked beef upon the points of their sabres.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
I must have broiled bones and hot punch!
"Handy Andy, Volume One" by Samuel Lover
"A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes" by Charles Elmé Francatelli
Suppose you come in and let me have Mother Whaley broil you a nice juicy hunk of steak?
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Faith, a christian female, of Acquitain, in France, was ordered to be broiled upon a gridiron, and then beheaded; A. D. 287.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
The surface soil on the height of the peninsula was of spattered lava and black broiled rock and pellets.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
From his scant store of mixed salt and sugar, Fred drew forth enough to season the enormous slice and it was speedily half broiled.
"The Hunters of the Ozark" by Edward S. Ellis
As thus you may also broil or toast the sweet-breads when they are new, and serve them with gravy.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May

In poetry:

Thus broiling on the burning grates,
They now to wailing go,
And say of those unhappy fates
That did them thus undo.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
Chorus: Oh! it's broiling, etc.
May hap such good things there may be,
But you may have them all, for me,
Instead of roaming foreign parts
I wish I'd studied the Fine Arts!
"Colonial Experience" by Anonymous Oceania
How far am I from heavenly liberty,
That play at policy with change and fate,
Who should my soul from foreign broils keep free,
In the fast-guarded frontiers of its single state!
"The Cloud's Swan-Song" by Francis Thompson
Chorus: Oh! it's broiling, etc.
Some say there's lots of work to do.
Well, yes, but then, 'twixt me and you,
A man may toil and broil all day —
The big, fat man gets all the pay.
"Colonial Experience" by Anonymous Oceania
Lest thou, with Satan in the realms beneath,
Shou'dst broil in sulphur, and in quenchless flame,
Neglect not, 'till the fearful hour of death,
To serve thy God, and glorify his name.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
Rest, goddess, from all broils! I bless thy name
Dear kitchen-nymph, as ever eyes did glut on!
I'd give thee all I have, my slice of fame,
If thou, dear shade! could'st give one slice of mutton.
"Reflections of A Poet: On Being Invited To A Great Dinner" by Thomas Gent

In news:

London Broil, Aged Cheddar and Watercress on Croissant with Horseradish Mayonnaise.
The Other, Other White Meat The meatless magicians at Westminster's Zen Vegetarian sure know how to fake bake—and simmer, and broil, and fry.
Elk London Broil Strawberry Glaze.
And in Boston it also guarantees you'll be grilled, broiled, sliced, diced, and fried along the way.
Fat Burger Grill is a sports bar and grill that specializes in their flame broiled burgers of all sizes, even a whopping 1lb Bevo burger.
Scan, Fom Canada Grills, by Char-Broil Canada.
Fresh from the oven, the warm cake is gently frosted and then returned to the oven for a quick (just seconds, really) broil to melt and set the frosting .
Broiled rosemary & garlic mackerel.
Glazed and broiled salmon steak set atop vinaigrette-dressed spinach works well with a citrus twist.
Patties broiled on the grill , easily sided by hand-cut fries and milkshakes.
Grill pork chops over hot coals to desired doneness or broil in the oven.
It calls for broiling, but you could choose to grill these steaks.
Here we skewer and broil cubes of extra-firm tofu and serve them with peanut sauce for a vegetarian version of the popular Indonesian street food.
"Yaki" means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried in Japanese.
During one of Trampled by Turtles' six merciless live performances in two days at South by Southwest 2012, these Duluth monsters of folk lit a fire under the asses of a lively crowd on a broiling Friday afternoon in Austin.