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Another word for boil

VERB

  1. To cook (food) in liquid heated to the point of steaming

    See also:

    ingestion

  2. To be in a state of emotional or mental turmoil

    See also:

    calm

Idioms

void

boil away

  1. To pass off as vapor, especially when heated

    See also:

    solid

boil down

  1. To reduce in complexity or scope

    See also:

    simple

    increase

boil over

  1. To be or become angry

    Idiom:

    see-red

    lose-one-s-temper

    hit the ceiling (or roof)

    get hot under the collar

    fly-off-the-handle

    breathe fire

    blow one's stack (or top)

    blow-a-gasket

    blow-a-fuse

    See also:

    feelings

Synonym Study

  • Stew refers to slow, prolonged boiling or, in an extended colloquial sense, unrest caused by worry, anxiety, or resentment
  • Simmer implies a gentle, continuous cooking at or just below the boiling point or, metaphorically, imminence of eruption, as in anger or revolt
  • Seethe suggests violent boiling with much bubbling and foaming or, in an extended sense, excitement the country seethed with rebellion
  • Boil , the basic word, refers to the bubbling up and vaporization of a liquid over direct heat or, metaphorically, to great agitation, as with rage it made my blood boil