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English definition of “boil”


noun (HEAT)    /bɔɪl/
[S] the act of washing or cooking something in very hot water Cleaning clothesPreparing food using heatPreparing food the boil the state of boiling : Bring the water to the boil, then add the pasta . Let the liquid come to the boil and then reduce the heat .Physical and chemical processes
(Definition of boil noun (HEAT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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