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/ bRIl; bRIl/ v 1 (a) [I] (of a liquid) bubble up and change to vapour by being heated ; : When water boils it turns into steam. . * The kettle (ie The water in the kettle) is boiling. . * Have the potatoes (ie Has the water in which the potatoes are being cooked) boiled yet? ? =>Usage at water1 water1. (b) [I, Ip] ~ (away) continue to boil : There's a saucepan boiling away on the stove. . 2 [Tn] cause (a liquid) to boil : boil some water for the rice . 3 [I, Tn, Dn.n, Dn.pr] ~ sth (for sb) cook or wash sth in boiling water : boiled cabbage, carrots, potatoes, etc * Please boil me an egg/boil an egg for me. . =>Usage at cook cook. 4 [I, Ip] be very angry or agitated ; : He was boiling (over) with rage. . 5 (idm ) boil `dry (of a liquid) boil until there is none left : Don't let the pan boil dry. . keep the pot boiling => pot1. make sb's blood boil => blood1. 6 (phr v) boil (sth) away (cause sth to) boil until nothing remains; evaporate (sth) ; : The water in the kettle had all boiled away. . boil (sth) down reduce or be reduced by boiling ; . boil sth down (to sth) (infml ) summarize sth; condense sth ; : Could you boil that article down to 400 words? 400? boil down to sth (be able to) be summarized as sth : The issue really boils down to a clash between left and right. . boil over (a) (of liquid in a pan, etc) boil and flow over the side of a pan, etc : The milk is boiling over. . (b) (infml ) be very angry . (c) (of a situation, quarrel, etc) reach a point of crisis; explode ; : The crisis is i
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:41:03
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boil
/ bRIl; bRIl/ n (usu painful) infected swelling under the skin, producing pus .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:41:03
boil
n 1 act of boiling . 2 (idm ) be on the `boil be boiling . bring sth to the `boil heat sth until it boils : Bring the mixture to the boil, then let it simmer for ten minutes. , . come to the `boil begin to boil . off the `boil having just stopped boiling : (fig infml , ) He began by playing brilliantly but he's rather gone off the boil (ie he has begun playing less well) in the last few minutes. , .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:41:03
boil
n 1 act of boiling . 2 (idm ) be on the `boil be boiling . bring sth to the `boil heat sth until it boils : Bring the mixture to the boil, then let it simmer for ten minutes. , . come to the `boil begin to boil . off the `boil having just stopped boiling : (fig infml , ) He began by playing brilliantly but he's rather gone off the boil (ie he has begun playing less well) in the last few minutes. , .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:41:03
boil
/ bRIl; bRIl/ n (usu painful) infected swelling under the skin, producing pus .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:41:03

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