boil


boil
boil n *abscess, furuncle, carbuncle, pimple, pustule
boil vb Boil, seethe, simmer, parboil, stew mean to prepare (as food) in a liquid heated to the point where it emits considerable steam.
Boil implies the bubbling of the liquid and the rapid escape of steam; it may be applied to the liquid alone, but usually it suggests a fast method of accomplishing an end (as cooking or cleansing)
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boil water

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the water is boiling

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boil eggs

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boil clothes

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Seethe differs only slightly from boil. It emphasizes the subjection of something to the influence of a boiling liquid in order to cook it thoroughly or to make an infusion of it
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tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake today, and seethe that ye will seetheExod 16:23

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This difference, though slight, is also apparent in extended senses of boil and of seethe, for boil suggests a sudden rise and ebullition
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he boiled with anger

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and seethe suggests the agitation and turmoil which follows a cause of excitement
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the crowd was seething with excitement

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Simmer suggests that the liquid is at the point of boiling; it implies less steam and less bubbling than boil and is used, therefore, to denote a gentle and slower form of cooking
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corned beef should be simmered, not boiled

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simmer milk

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Parboil usually implies boiling for a limited time to prepare some food for further cooking (as by roasting or frying)
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parboil potatoes prior to roasting them with beef

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parboil a chicken before frying it

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Stew implies long slow simmering, usually in a closed vessel; it is used especially in reference to meats or fruits cooked until they are tender or broken up
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stew beef and kidneys together

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stew fruit for dessert

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  • Boil — (boil), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Boiled} (boild); p. pr. & vb. n. {Boiling}.] [OE. boilen, OF. boilir, builir, F. bouillir, fr. L. bullire to be in a bubbling motion, from bulla bubble; akin to Gr. ?, Lith. bumbuls. Cf. {Bull} an edict, {Budge}, v.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Boil — Boil, n. [Influenced by boil, v. See {Beal}, {Bile}.] A hard, painful, inflamed tumor, which, on suppuration, discharges pus, mixed with blood, and discloses a small fibrous mass of dead tissue, called the core. [1913 Webster] {A blind boil}, one …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boil — ‘large spot’ [OE] and boil ‘vaporize with heat’ [13] are distinct words. The former comes from Old English byl or byle, which became bile in Middle English; the change to boil started in the 15th century, perhaps from association with the verb.… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • boil — Ⅰ. boil [1] ► VERB 1) (with reference to a liquid) reach or cause to reach the temperature at which it bubbles and turns to vapour. 2) (with reference to food) cook or be cooked by immersing in boiling water. 3) seethe like boiling liquid. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

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