boiling point

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbɔɪlɪŋ ˌpɔɪnt/
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boiling point (countable and uncountable, plural boiling points)

  1. (physics, chemistry) The temperature at which a liquid boils, with the vapor pressure equal to the given external pressure.
  2. (idiomatic) The state of being heated, with high aggression.
    • 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Although the encounter was bathed in sunshine, the match failed to reach boiling point but that will be of little concern to Gerard Houllier's team, who took a huge step forward before they face crucial matches against their relegation rivals.

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