• WordNet 3.6
    • v parboil cook (vegetables) briefly "Parboil the beans before freezing them"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Parboil To boil in part; to cook partially by boiling.
    • Parboil To boil or cook thoroughly.
    • Parboil To do (something) only part way, or incompletely. Also used intransitively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • parboil To boil thoroughly.
    • parboil To boil slightly or in a moderate degree; half-boil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Parboil pär′boil to boil slightly or in part—as if from part and boil.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. parboilen, OF. parbouillir, to cook well; par, through (see Par) + bouillir, to boil, L. bullire,. The sense has been influenced by E. part,. See 1st Boil


In literature:

His eyes looked bluer than ever in his parboiled face.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
It was intermingled with an oily smell of boiled and parboiled coffee, overpowering in its intensity.
"The Coffin Cure" by Alan Edward Nourse
I did not tell you to parboil your patient!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
However, parboiling should make it clean.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Parboil cabbage, drain and let cool.
"Armour's Monthly Cook Book, Volume 2, No. 12, October 1913" by Various
I should call myself parboiled.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
We first parboiled him till nearly tender, with an oven lid covering the pot.
"A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A." by George Little
Parboil the potatoes, slice and lay them in a pie-dish with the onion sliced, as many beans as are liked, and a few tablespoons of the liquor.
"New Vegetarian Dishes" by Mrs. Bowdich
The heat of the water had nearly parboiled her.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
I tried bathing it in hot water, and before I went to bed I had it fairly parboiled, which seemed greatly to relieve it.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth

In news:

Bulgur wheat is wheat that has been de-husked, parboiled and cracked into coarse pieces.
Call it simmering, poaching, blanching or parboiling -- they all amount to the same thing.
Bulgur wheat is wheat that has been de-husked, parboiled and cracked into coarse pieces.
FOR QUICK-FIX KABOBS: skewer seasoned cubes of tender steak with parboiled shallots, new potatoes and bell pepper squares.
Corporate executive chef James Nuetzi directs his team of chefs to parboil pasta, toss it with olive oil and cool it.