Boil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɔɪl|  American pronunciation of the word boil
Brit.  |bɔɪl|  British pronunciation of the word boil


- a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus (syn: furuncle)
- the temperature at which a liquid boils at sea level


- come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor
- immerse or be immersed in a boiling liquid, often for cooking purposes
- bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point
- be agitated (syn: churn, moil, roil)
- be in an agitated emotional state (syn: seethe)


Keep the temperature low enough so the mixture will not boil.

french fries cooked in boiling oil

The water has been boiling away for ten minutes.

He was boiling with rage.

The media are keeping the issue on the boil.

The solution boiled at 57.4°C.

Put the spaghetti into plenty of boiling salted water.

We were advised to boil the water before drinking it.

Boil the rice for 15 minutes.

She fried the chicken and put the vegetables on to boil.

The kettle's boiling - shall I turn it off?

The saucepan boiled dry on the stove.

I always boil the cotton sheets.

The boy's body is covered in boils.

How long does it take to boil an egg?

Phrasal verbs

boil down  — be the essential element
boil over  — overflow or cause to overflow while boiling

Word forms

I/you/we/they: boil
he/she/it: boils
present participle: boiling
past tense: boiled
past participle: boiled
singular: boil
plural: boils
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