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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective If candy is still stuck on, pour more boiling water over whatever hasn’t come clean. Washington Post, "The perfect holiday gift: delicious, pantry-friendly nougat," 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, "How to Get Rid of Drain Flies for Good," 14 Oct. 2019 Although boiling water is always a set temperature, eggs coming from the fridge or countertop are not. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "How to make jammy eggs," 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, "Winter Olympics security workers hit with vomiting illness; military personnel called in for backup," 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, "32 Olympic security guards are quarantined after norovirus outbreak. Here’s how Team USA is staying safe," 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, "Here's what to do during a boil water advisory," 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, "Peach Botton to hold open house June 14, testing sirens Wednesday," 6 June 2017

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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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The first known use of boiling was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Boiling.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boiling. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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More Definitions for boiling

boiling

adjective
How to pronounce boiling (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of boiling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very hot

boiling

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of boiling (Entry 2 of 2)

: very or extremely

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