boiling point


Definition of boiling point

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

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Examples of boiling point in a Sentence

The boiling point of water is 212° Fahrenheit or 100° Celsius. when the situation reached the boiling point, the President had no choice but to order out the National Guard
Recent Examples on the Web Liquid helium is the coldest thing on earth, with a boiling point of minus 452 degrees Fahrenheit. New York Times, "Big Push Into Helium Could Have the World on Russia’s String," 8 Dec. 2020 Liquid helium is the coldest thing on Earth, with a boiling point of minus 452 degrees Fahrenheit. Andrew E. Kramer New York Times, Star Tribune, "Big push into helium could have the world on Russia's string," 20 Dec. 2020 Tensions in Michigan — one of the most polarized states in the country — have reached a boiling point in recent days. Washington Post, "‘A dark, empty place:’ Public officials face personal threats as tensions flare," 13 Dec. 2020 Tensions reached a boiling point in Georgia on Wednesday as threats of violence by angry Trump supporters and Twitter jabs by the president increased as the state neared its second and final recount deadline. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Tensions reach boiling point in Georgia as final recount deadline nears," 2 Dec. 2020 In January, frayed tensions between Washington and Tehran reached a boiling point after Trump ordered the assassination of one of Iran's top military generals, Qassem Soleimani. NBC News, "Iran's supreme leader vows retaliation for assassination of leading scientist," 28 Nov. 2020 The original method was to use the freezing point of water as 0°C and the boiling point of water as 100°C. Rhett Allain, Wired, "The Physics of Materials at Minus 80 Degrees Celsius," 19 Nov. 2020 Volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, naphthalene and methylene chloride, have a low boiling point and can be dispersed into the air easily. Max Horberry, Star Tribune, "After wildfires stop burning, a danger in the drinking water," 8 Oct. 2020 Now, as Americans reexamine their history, it's reached a boiling point. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Indigenous people across the US want their land back -- and the movement is gaining momentum," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of boiling point

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boiling point was in 1741

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13 Jan 2021

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“Boiling point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boiling point

: 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.

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Medical Definition of boiling point

: the temperature at which a liquid boils

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