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Syllabification: broil
Pronunciation: /broil
 
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verb

[with object] North American
1Cook (meat or fish) by exposure to direct, intense radiant heat: he broiled a wedge of sea bass (as adjective broiled) a broiled sirloin steak
More example sentences
  • Grill and broil your meats, which melts the fat.
  • When you grill, fry, or broil meat, it forms carcinogenic compounds.
  • If you told me that my fish was broiled, I used to think that meant it was thrown directly on a flame or cooked in an ancient Mayan crockpot.
Synonyms
1.1 [no object] Become very hot, especially from the sun: the countryside lay broiling in the sun
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  • Young Tess and her neighborhood friends are broiling in the hot sun, their inner city block having been deprived of moisture for a long time.
  • And if you're not broiling in the sun and wearing enough sunscreen, you're safe, right?
  • In the afternoon everyone's broiling in the pit; at rush hour it's dense and frenetic.
Synonyms
hot, scorching, roasting, baking, boiling (hot), blistering, sweltering, parching, searing, blazing, sizzling, burning (hot), sultry, torrid, tropical, like an oven, like a furnace

Origin

late Middle English (also in the sense 'burn, char'): from Old French bruler 'to burn', of unknown origin.

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broil2

Syllabification: broil
Pronunciation: /broil
 
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noun

archaic
A quarrel or a commotion.
Example sentences
  • The recent broil over Baraka's recital of the poem ‘Somebody Blew Up America’ has only served to intensify the poet's controversial status.
  • An ensuing exchange with the woman's male partner, and Dix quickly gets into a broil.
  • When Cleopatra speaks for the first time, she too wants to assert her own role as an evil woman in this broil, but her serving women, Charmion and Eras, refuse to allow her an easy passage to her proposed death.

Origin

early 16th century: from obsolete broil 'to muddle' Compare with embroil.

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