Definition of boiling in English:

boiling

adjective

  • 1At or near boiling point.

    ‘boiling water’
    • ‘Ginseng is placed into boiling water for three minutes.’
    • ‘Never pour boiling water directly from the pot; use a ladle.’
    • ‘When he was home from school at age 14, he upset a kettle of boiling water on his right side, burning his arm so badly that the doctor feared gangrene.’
    • ‘In that centralized composition, two men face each other, a pot of boiling water between them.’
    • ‘The former carried a tray with a basin of boiling water, soap, and fresh bandages piled to the side.’
    • ‘The most effective remedy for an acidic stomach is a cup of mint tea, made by infusing fresh mint leaves in boiling water, perhaps with a little honey.’
    • ‘Add your choice of ground coffee in boiling water, and a fresh aromatic cup is ready.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, cook the peas in boiling water for 6-8 minutes.’
    • ‘These plastics may soften at high temperatures so never put boiling or hot water in them.’
    • ‘Then he offers images of a tortured nature: quaking mountains, brush fires, boiling water, and fierce wind.’
    • ‘Foolish Julie pulled a pot of boiling water from the stove.’
    • ‘Dropped into a pot of boiling water, he jumps out to safety.’
    • ‘The label of the condensed milk is removed and the can is immersed in boiling water for up to 5 hours, depending on the desired consistency.’
    • ‘In my haste to prepare supper I screwed it all up, and dumped the stuffing into the boiling water.’
    • ‘Maybe he should try to convince whatever doctor worked on Tom to at least wash his hands and put his instruments, or saw, in boiling water first.’
    • ‘Once you have designated a working area, place a large bowl on the table and pour the boiling water into it.’
    • ‘The wontons were placed in a huge pot of boiling water and after only a few moments they floated to the top, we scooped them out and here they are.’
    • ‘Mom was standing at the stove over a pot of boiling water.’
    • ‘The normal operating temp. for the hydraulic fluid was well above boiling temperature for water.’
    • ‘Use 1 tablespoon of the dried herb or two to three tablespoons of fresh plant per cup of boiling water.’
    at boiling point, at 100 degrees celsius, at 100 degrees centigrade
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    1. 1.1informal Extremely hot.
      ‘Saturday is forecast to be boiling and sunny’
      as submodifier ‘I felt boiling hot’
      • ‘It is like a boiling hot bath which no living being could enter, until a wild person came and jumped into it.’
      • ‘I'll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.’
      • ‘The hot springs and underground river that enter the lake results in the water on the shore being boiling hot.’
      • ‘It has remained very popular with walkers because no matter if it's boiling hot weather or freezing cold, the Mint Cake and its texture remains consistent.’
      • ‘Getting out onto boiling hot tarmac somewhere in just your socks would, I imagine, not be the best start to a holiday.’
      • ‘Today I am sitting in my boiling and un-air-conditioned office getting psyched up for an afternoon in the House of Commons.’
      • ‘I was already feeling faint as we were wearing winter clothes and it was boiling hot weather.’
      • ‘Any second now, Lyle would speed away and I would be left to eat his dust and soon drop dead in the blistering sunlight on the boiling concrete.’
      • ‘The first time was on a boiling hot day two years ago.’
      • ‘It is not much of a surprise that the house is freezing upstairs in the winter and boiling in the summer as there is no insulation at all.’
      • ‘It's so cold today, that if you tossed a cup of boiling hot water into the air, the water would instantly freeze and disappear.’
      • ‘We might not even be halfway into summer but already it's boiling isn't it?’
      • ‘I pulled over to the side and there was stuff squirting out the engine and there were little fragments of boiling hot metal on the floor.’
      • ‘Hasan's servant having on one occasion thrown a boiling hot dish on his master obtained his liberty with monetary help by reciting this verse.’
      • ‘They are simply tiny living things that don't seem to mind living in boiling hot battery acid.’
      • ‘Throughout the boiling hot nights that followed in our cramped flat, we were woken hourly, sometimes more often, by one child crying with discomfort or the other one needing to be fed.’
      • ‘There's a lovely tale of the crowds flocking to see Hurley's Antarctica film during a boiling summer - just so they could look at something cold.’
      • ‘Sitting in a boiling hot and cramped drafting room, the early discussions suffered from the self-same problem of woolly jargon.’
      • ‘Then I feel like a very lonely lizard in a boiling hot desert.’
      • ‘I walked stiffly into the lounge and had the sudden urge to have a boiling hot bath.’
      very hot, scorching, roasting, baking, blistering, blazing, sweltering, parching, searing, broiling, sultry, torrid, sweaty, oven-like
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noun

mass noun
  • 1Boiling point.

    ‘reheat the sauce to just below boiling’
    • ‘Enter above thrilling ingredients into a melting pot and stir past boiling.’
    1. 1.1 The action of bringing a liquid to the temperature at which it bubbles and turns to vapour.
      • ‘Doctors and experts have stressed that boiling kills the virus.’
      • ‘This results in boiling and separation of a hydrothermal fluid from the magma.’
      • ‘Slow simmering retains the alcohol; fast boiling dissipates it.’
      • ‘The water should not be cloudy after the third boiling.’
      • ‘Maybe Eating Well could issue a temperature guide for boiling of the sugar.’

Pronunciation

boiling

/ˈbɔɪlɪŋ/