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English noun: boil

1. boil (state) a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus


Broader (hypernym)staphylococcal infection

Narrower (hyponym)gumboil

2. boil (attribute) the temperature at which a liquid boils at sea level

SamplesThey brought the water to a boil.

Synonymsboiling point

Broader (hypernym)temperature

English verb: boil

1. boil (change) come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor

SamplesWater boils at 100 degrees Celsius.

ExamplesThe water boils

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)boil over, overboil


2. boil (change) immerse or be immersed in a boiling liquid, often for cooking purposes

SamplesBoil potatoes.
Boil wool.

ExamplesThe chefs boil the vegetables

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)overboil, simmer

3. boil (change) bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point

SamplesBoil this liquid until it evaporates.

ExamplesThey boil the water

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)decoct


4. boil (motion) be agitated

SamplesThe sea was churning in the storm.

ExamplesThe water boils

Synonymschurn, moil, roil

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)roll, seethe

5. boil (emotion) be in an agitated emotional state

SamplesThe customer was seething with anger.

ExamplesSam and Sue boil over the results of the experiment


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)bubble over, ferment, overflow, sizzle, spill over

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