Definition of boiling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈboiliNG/


1(For fresh water at sea level) at 212°F (100°C).
Example sentences
  • The most effective remedy for an acidic stomach is a cup of mint tea, made by infusing fresh mint leaves in boiling water, perhaps with a little honey.
  • Use 1 tablespoon of the dried herb or two to three tablespoons of fresh plant per cup of boiling water.
  • The former carried a tray with a basin of boiling water, soap, and fresh bandages piled to the side.
at boiling point, at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, at 100 degrees Celsius/centigrade;
very hot, piping hot;
1.1 (also boiling hot) informal (Used hyperbolically) extremely hot: Saturday is forecast to be boiling and sunny
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  • I was already feeling faint as we were wearing winter clothes and it was boiling hot weather.
  • It has remained very popular with walkers because no matter if it's boiling hot weather or freezing cold, the Mint Cake and its texture remains consistent.
  • Throughout the boiling hot nights that followed in our cramped flat, we were woken hourly, sometimes more often, by one child crying with discomfort or the other one needing to be fed.


1The action of bringing a liquid to the temperature at which it bubbles and turns to vapor.
Example sentences
  • Maybe Eating Well could issue a temperature guide for boiling of the sugar.
  • Slow simmering retains the alcohol; fast boiling dissipates it.
  • Doctors and experts have stressed that boiling kills the virus.
1.1The temperature at which a liquid bubbles and turns to vapor: reheat gently to just below boiling
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  • These include some truly weird microbes that thrive in extremely salty water, as well as microbes that live at temperatures close to boiling.
  • In other words the temperature was found to be exactly midway between freezing and boiling, to an accuracy of one hundred decimal places.

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Syllabification: boil·ing

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