Definition of boiling in English:



  • 1At or near boiling point.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Add your choice of ground coffee in boiling water, and a fresh aromatic cup is ready.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The normal operating temp. for the hydraulic fluid was well above boiling temperature for water.’
    • ‘Once you have designated a working area, place a large bowl on the table and pour the boiling water into it.’
    • ‘Use 1 tablespoon of the dried herb or two to three tablespoons of fresh plant per cup of boiling water.’
    • ‘Never pour boiling water directly from the pot; use a ladle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Foolish Julie pulled a pot of boiling water from the stove.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, cook the peas in boiling water for 6-8 minutes.’
    • ‘Mom was standing at the stove over a pot of boiling water.’
    • ‘Then he offers images of a tortured nature: quaking mountains, brush fires, boiling water, and fierce wind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dropped into a pot of boiling water, he jumps out to safety.’
    • ‘These plastics may soften at high temperatures so never put boiling or hot water in them.’
    • ‘Ginseng is placed into boiling water for three minutes.’
    • ‘In my haste to prepare supper I screwed it all up, and dumped the stuffing into the boiling water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Sitting in a boiling hot and cramped drafting room, the early discussions suffered from the self-same problem of woolly jargon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I walked stiffly into the lounge and had the sudden urge to have a boiling hot bath.’
      • ‘Then I feel like a very lonely lizard in a boiling hot desert.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The hot springs and underground river that enter the lake results in the water on the shore being boiling hot.’
      • ‘It is like a boiling hot bath which no living being could enter, until a wild person came and jumped into it.’
      • ‘They are simply tiny living things that don't seem to mind living in boiling hot battery acid.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘We might not even be halfway into summer but already it's boiling isn't it?’
      • ‘I was already feeling faint as we were wearing winter clothes and it was boiling hot weather.’
      • ‘The first time was on a boiling hot day two years ago.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      very hot, scorching, roasting, baking, blistering, blazing, sweltering, parching, searing, broiling, sultry, torrid, sweaty, oven-like
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  • 1[mass noun] Boiling point.

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