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

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 His comments come ahead of U.S. and NATO meetings with the Kremlin next week in an attempt to dampen tensions that have reached a boiling point not seen since the Cold War. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 This material has a high boiling point, some 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, which in theory enables the reactor to run at extreme temperatures without the extraordinary pressures that, in turn, require huge, expensive structures. Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 The tipping point is defined as the moment of critical mass, the threshold, and the boiling point. Michael Gale, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Rebecca and Miguel collectively reach this boiling point where neither of them can ignore that there's sort of this unspoken chemistry. Dan Snierson,, 27 Dec. 2021 This is much hotter than the boiling point of water, which is 212 F (100 C). al, 25 Nov. 2021 More than any other COP in the past, the world was really watching COP26, because the climate crisis has come to, for lack of a better term, a boiling point. Jesse Berman,, 22 Nov. 2021 This is much hotter than the boiling point of water, which is 212 F (100 C). Kristine Nolin, The Conversation, 18 Nov. 2021 Years of tension within Oasis finally reached a boiling point backstage at a Paris festival in August of 2009. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2021

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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 2022

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“Boiling point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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Kids Definition of boiling point

1 : the temperature at which a liquid boils
2 : the point at which a person or people might do or say something out of anger

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Medical Definition of boiling point

: the temperature at which a liquid boils

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