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boil
  • noun
    The temperature at which a liquid bubbles and turns to vapour. (bring the sauce to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes)
    A casual outdoor meal at which shellfish is prepared by boiling. (the reappearance of warm days signals another revival: weekend crawfish boils)
    verb
    (with reference to a liquid) reach or cause to reach the temperature at which it bubbles and turns to vapour. (we asked people to boil their drinking water)
    (with reference to food) cook or be cooked by immersing in boiling water or stock. (boil the potatoes until well done)
    (of the sea or clouds) be turbulent and stormy. (a huge cliff with the black sea boiling below)
  • noun
    An inflamed pus-filled swelling on the skin, caused typically by the infection of a hair follicle.

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