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 When his next shot flew the green, CBS microphones captured Watson’s boiling point, with caddie Ted Scott catching an earful for an apparent miscue in club selection. Chris Brodeur,, "Is TPC River Highlands a cushy landing spot for PGA pros after the grind of a U.S. Open? It’s not that simple," 18 June 2019 The second distillation separates the compounds by boiling points, and only the hearts (the ethanol or drinking alcohol) make it into the final spirit, which at this point is about 80 percent alcohol. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Applejack Whiskey," 24 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of boiling point

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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