boiling point


boiling point

noun

: the temperature at which a liquid begins to boil

: the point at which people might do or say something violent or might take some definite or extreme action because of anger, disagreement, etc.

Full Definition of BOILING POINT

1
:  the temperature at which a liquid boils
2
a :  the point at which a person becomes uncontrollably angry
b :  the point of crisis :  head 17b <matters had reached the boiling point>

Examples of BOILING POINT

  1. The boiling point of water is 212° Fahrenheit or 100° Celsius.
  2. <when the situation reached the boiling point, the President had no choice but to order out the National Guard>

First Known Use of BOILING POINT

1773

boil·ing point

noun \ˈbi-liŋ-ˌpint\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BOILING POINT

: the temperature at which a liquid boils

boiling point

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Temperature at which a liquid is converted to vapour when heated. At the boiling point, addition of heat results in the transformation of the liquid into its vapour without an increase in temperature. A liquid's boiling point varies according to the liquid's characteristics and the applied pressure. Water at standard atmospheric pressure, or sea level, boils at 212 °F (100 °C), while ethanol boils at about 172 °F (78 °C). At higher altitudes, boiling points are lower and foods can take longer to cook; pressure cookers can be used to increase the pressure so that the boiling point is raised.

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