boil, furuncle

(noun) a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus


(verb) immerse or be immersed in a boiling liquid, often for cooking purposes; “boil potatoes”; “boil wool”


(verb) bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point; “boil this liquid until it evaporates”


(verb) come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor; “Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius”

seethe, boil

(verb) be in an agitated emotional state; “The customer was seething with anger”

churn, boil, moil, roil

(verb) be agitated; “the sea was churning in the storm”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


boil (plural boils)

A localized accumulation of pus in the skin, resulting from infection.


• abscess

• carbuncle

• cyst

• furuncle

• pimple

• pustule

Etymology 2


boil (plural boils)

The point at which fluid begins to change to a vapour.

A dish of boiled food, especially based on seafood.

(rare, nonstandard) The collective noun for a group of hawks.


boil (third-person singular simple present boils, present participle boiling, simple past and past participle boiled)

(transitive, of liquids) To heat to the point where it begins to turn into a gas.

(ambitransitive) To cook in boiling water.

(intransitive, of liquids) To begin to turn into a gas, seethe.

(transitive, UK, informal) To bring to a boil, to heat so as to cause the contents to boil.

(intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses, of weather) To be uncomfortably hot.

(intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) To feel uncomfortably hot.

(transitive) To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation.

(obsolete) To steep or soak in warm water.

To be agitated like boiling water; to bubble; to effervesce.

To be moved or excited with passion; to be hot or fervid.


• (of a liquid): seethe, well, plaw (UK, dialectal, dated, uncommon); see also cook

• (of the weather): be baking, be scorching, be sweltering

• (of a person): be seething, be baking, be stewing


• (of a liquid): condense

• (of the weather): be freezing

• (of a person): be freezing


• bilo, biol, biol., boli, lobi

Source: Wiktionary

Boil, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Boiled; p. pr. & vb. n. Boiling.] Etym: [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.

Boil, v. t.

1. To heat to the boiling point, or so as to cause ebullition; as, to boil water.

2. To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation; as, to boil sugar or salt.

3. To subject to the action of heat in a boiling liquid so as to produce some specific effect, as cooking, cleansing, etc.; as, to boil meat; to boil clothes. The stomach cook is for the hall, And boileth meate for them all. Gower.

4. To steep or soak in warm water. [Obs.] To try whether seeds be old or new, the sense can not inform; but if you boil them in water, the new seeds will sprout sooner. Bacon. To boil down, to reduce in bulk by boiling; as, to boil down sap or sirup.

Boil, n.

Definition: Act or state of boiling. [Colloq.]

Boil, n. Etym: [Influenced by boil, v. See Beal, Bile.]

Definition: A hard, painful, inflamed tumor, which, on suppuration, discharges pus, mixed with blood, and discloses a small fibrous mass of dead tissue, called the core. A blind boil, one that suppurates imperfectly, or fails to come to a head.

– Delhi boil (Med.), a peculiar affection of the skin, probably parasitic in origin, prevailing in India (as among the British troops) and especially at Delhi.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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