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Meaning of boiling by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɔɪlɪŋ



    1. Present participle of boil .


    boiling ( plural: boilings )

    1. The process of changing the state of a substance from liquid to gas by heating it to its boiling point .


    boiling ( comparative more boiling, superlative most boiling )

    1. That boils or boil .
      boiling kettle
      boiling oil
    2. ( of a thing, informal, hyperbolic ) Extremely hot .
      The radiator is boiling – I'm going to turn it down a bit .
    3. ( of a person, informal, hyperbolic ) Feeling uncomfortably hot .
      I'm boiling – can't we open a window?
    4. ( of the weather, hyperbolic ) Very hot .
      It's boiling out today!


    Derived terms


    boiling ( not comparable )

    1. ( of adjectives associated with heat ) Extremely
      He was boiling mad .

Explanation of boiling by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. extremely

    2. boiling mad
    1. cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boil

    2. the application of heat to change something from a liquid to a gas

    Definition of boiling by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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. 31.

      3. To pass from a liquid to an aëriform 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.

    2. Boiling, a. Heated to the point of bubbling; heaving with bubbles; in tumultuous agitation, as boiling liquid; surging; seething; swelling with heat, ardor, or passion.

      Boiling point, the temperature at which a fluid is converted into vapor, with the phenomena of ebullition. This is different for different liquids, and for the same liquid under different pressures. For water, at the level of the sea, barometer 30 in., it is 212 ° Fahrenheit; for alcohol, 172.96°; for ether, 94.8°; for mercury, about 675°. The boiling point of water is lowered one degree Fahrenheit for about 550 feet of ascent above the level of the sea. -- Boiling spring, a spring which gives out very hot water, or water and steam, often ejecting it with much force; a geyser. -- To be at the boiling point, to be very angry. -- To keep the pot boiling, to keep going on actively, as in certain games. [Colloq.]

    3. Boiling, n.
      1. The act of ebullition or of tumultuous agitation.

      2. Exposure to the action of a hot liquid.