Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “boil”

boil

noun [U] (HEAT)   /bɔɪl/
If you bring something to a boil, or let something come to a boil, you heat it until it starts to turn into a gas: Bring the water to a boil, then add the pasta.
(Definition of boil noun (HEAT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of boil

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Cleaning clothes, but you might be interested in these topics from the Clean, dirty and cleaning topic area:

Definitions of “boil” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More