boiling

adjective
boil·​ing | \ ˈbȯi(-ə)-liŋ How to pronounce boiling (audio) \

Definition of boiling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : heated to the boiling point
b : torrid a boiling sun
2 : intensely agitated a boiling sea boiling with anger

boiling

adverb

Definition of boiling (Entry 2 of 2)

: to an extreme degree : very boiling mad boiling hot

Examples of boiling in a Sentence

Adjective I'm boiling in this suit. It is boiling in here. Adverb The sun was boiling hot. He is boiling mad at how he was treated.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One idea is that about a million years after the Big Bang, the universe cooled and underwent a phase transition, an event similar to how boiling water turns liquid into gas. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Scientific American, 3 Mar. 2020 If candy is still stuck on, pour more boiling water over whatever hasn’t come clean. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2019 The simplest fix could be as easy as boiling water—boil a medium-size pot once or twice per week, and pour down the drain. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 14 Oct. 2019 Although boiling water is always a set temperature, eggs coming from the fridge or countertop are not. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, 18 June 2019 Organizers shared tips to help prevent the virus, which include washing hands with soap for more than 30 seconds, eating food that is thoroughly cooked and boiling water before drinking. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2018 Organizers shared tips to help prevent the virus, which include washing hands with soap for more than 30 seconds, eating food that is thoroughly cooked and boiling water before drinking. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY Sports, 6 Feb. 2018 More boiling water: Boil water advisories typically happen due to a water main break and/or a loss of pressure in the water system. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 24 Oct. 2017 The station is home to two boiling water reactors, capable of powering more than 2.25 million homes and businesses. Staff Report, The Aegis, 6 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of boiling

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1607, in the meaning defined above

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“Boiling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boiling. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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