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A boiling pot of saltah, a type of Yemeni stew.
An animated drawing utilizing the boiling technique.


From boil +‎ -ing.




  1. present participle and gerund of boil


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boiling (countable and uncountable, plural boilings)

  1. (countable) The process of changing the state of a substance from liquid to gas by heating it to its boiling point.
  2. (countable, figurative) A turmoil; a disturbance like that of bubbling water.
  3. (uncountable) An animation style with constantly changing wavy outlines, giving a shimmering or wobbling appearance.

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boiling (comparative more boiling, superlative most boiling)

  1. That boils or boil.
    boiling kettle  boiling oil
  2. (informal, hyperbolic) Of a thing: extremely hot or active.
    The radiator is boiling – I’m going to turn it down a bit.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Conference in the Morning”, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, →OCLC, page 130:
      With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which now, in mid-morning, was in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.
    • 2016, Justin O. Schmidt, The Sting of the Wild, Johns Hopkins University Press,, →ISBN, page 37:
      As I collected some individuals from a nest, an alarm was sent and a boiling mass of ants issued from the colony.
  3. (informal, hyperbolic) Of a person: feeling uncomfortably hot.
    I’m boiling – can’t we open a window?
  4. (informal, hyperbolic) Of the weather: very hot.
    It’s boiling out today!

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boiling (not comparable)

  1. (of adjectives associated with heat) Extremely
    He was boiling mad.

Further reading[edit]

  • boiling”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.