Definition of boiling in English:



  • 1(for fresh water at sea level) at 212°F (100°C)

    • ‘Dropped into a pot of boiling water, he jumps out to safety.’
    • ‘In that centralized composition, two men face each other, a pot of boiling water between them.’
    • ‘In my haste to prepare supper I screwed it all up, and dumped the stuffing into the boiling water.’
    • ‘Ginseng is placed into boiling water for three minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then he offers images of a tortured nature: quaking mountains, brush fires, boiling water, and fierce wind.’
    • ‘Use 1 tablespoon of the dried herb or two to three tablespoons of fresh plant per cup of boiling water.’
    • ‘Mom was standing at the stove over a pot of 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.’
    • ‘Once you have designated a working area, place a large bowl on the table and pour the boiling water into it.’
    • ‘Foolish Julie pulled a pot of boiling water from the stove.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Never pour boiling water directly from the pot; use a ladle.’
    • ‘Add your choice of ground coffee in boiling water, and a fresh aromatic cup is ready.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, cook the peas in boiling water for 6-8 minutes.’
    • ‘The normal operating temp. for the hydraulic fluid was well above boiling temperature for water.’
    • ‘The former carried a tray with a basin of boiling water, soap, and fresh bandages piled to the side.’
    • ‘These plastics may soften at high temperatures so never put boiling or hot water in them.’
    at boiling point, at 100 degrees celsius, at 100 degrees centigrade
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    1. 1.1informal (used hyperbolically) extremely hot.
      ‘Saturday is forecast to be boiling and sunny’
      • ‘Today I am sitting in my boiling and un-air-conditioned office getting psyched up for an afternoon in the House of Commons.’
      • ‘Getting out onto boiling hot tarmac somewhere in just your socks would, I imagine, not be the best start to a holiday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘We might not even be halfway into summer but already it's boiling isn't it?’
      • ‘I walked stiffly into the lounge and had the sudden urge to have a boiling hot bath.’
      • ‘The hot springs and underground river that enter the lake results in the water on the shore being boiling hot.’
      • ‘The first time was on a boiling hot day two years ago.’
      • ‘It is like a boiling hot bath which no living being could enter, until a wild person came and jumped into it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then I feel like a very lonely lizard in a boiling hot desert.’
      • ‘I was already feeling faint as we were wearing winter clothes and it was boiling hot weather.’
      • ‘Sitting in a boiling hot and cramped drafting room, the early discussions suffered from the self-same problem of woolly jargon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      very hot, scorching, roasting, baking, blistering, blazing, sweltering, parching, searing, broiling, sultry, torrid, sweaty, oven-like
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  • 1The action of bringing a liquid to the temperature at which it bubbles and turns to vapor.

    • ‘Maybe Eating Well could issue a temperature guide for boiling of the sugar.’
    • ‘Slow simmering retains the alcohol; fast boiling dissipates it.’
    • ‘This results in boiling and separation of a hydrothermal fluid from the magma.’
    • ‘Doctors and experts have stressed that boiling kills the virus.’
    • ‘The water should not be cloudy after the third boiling.’
    1. 1.1The temperature at which a liquid bubbles and turns to vapor.
      ‘reheat gently to just below boiling’
      • ‘In other words the temperature was found to be exactly midway between freezing and boiling, to an accuracy of one hundred decimal places.’
      • ‘These include some truly weird microbes that thrive in extremely salty water, as well as microbes that live at temperatures close to boiling.’