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[n] the temperature at which a liquid boils at sea level; "the brought to water to a boil"
[n] a painful sore with a hard pus-filled core
[v] cook in boiling liquid; "boil potatoes"
[v] bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point, as of water and other liquids; "boil this liquid until it evaporates"
[v] come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor; "Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius"
[v] have violent emotions, such as anger or frustration
[v] be agitated; of liquids



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\Boil\ (boil), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Boiled} (boild); p. pr. & vb. n. {Boiling}.] [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}.]
1. 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.
2. 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. --Job xii. 3
3. To pass from a liquid to an a["e]riform state or vapor when heated; as, the water boils away.
4. 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. --Surrey.
5. To be in boiling water, as in cooking; as, the potatoes are boiling. {To boil away}, to vaporize; to evaporate or be evaporated by the action of heat. {To boil over}, to run over the top of a vessel, as liquid when thrown into violent agitation by heat or other cause of effervescence; to be excited with ardor or passion so as to lose self-control.
\Boil\, v. t.
1. To heat to the boiling point, or so as to cause ebullition; as, to boil water.
2. To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation; as, to boil sugar or salt.
3. 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. --Gower.
4. To steep or soak in warm water. [Obs.] 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. --Bacon. {To boil down}, to reduce in bulk by boiling; as, to boil down sap or sirup.
\Boil\, n. Act or state of boiling. [Colloq.]
\Boil\, n. [Influenced by boil, v. See {Beal}, {Bile}.] 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. {A blind boil}, one that suppurates imperfectly, or fails to come to a head. {Delhi boil} (Med.), a peculiar affection of the skin, probably parasitic in origin, prevailing in India (as among the British troops) and especially at Delhi.

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