• (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈbɔɪlɪŋ/
  1. present participle of boil#English|boil

boiling (plural boilings)

  1. The process of changing the state of a substance from liquid to gas by heating it to its boiling point.
  2. (uncountable) An animation style with constantly changing wavy outlines, giving a shimmering or wobbling appearance.
Translations Adjective


  1. That boil#Verb|boils or boil.
    boiling kettle  boiling oil
  2. (informal, hyperbole) Of a thing: extremely hot#Adjective|hot or active.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Conference in the Morning”, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, OCLC 483591931 ↗, 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.
    The radiator is boiling – I’m going to turn it down a bit.
  3. (informal, hyperbole) Of a person: feel#Verb|feeling uncomfortably hot.
    I’m boiling – can’t we open a window?
  4. (informal, hyperbole) Of the weather#Noun|weather: very hot.
    It’s boiling out today!
Translations Translations Adverb

boiling (not comparable)

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

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