Boil vs Broil - What's the difference?

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Broil is a coordinate term of boil.

In transitive terms the difference between boil and broil

is that boil is to heat (a liquid) to the point where it begins to turn into a gas while broil is to cause a rowdy disturbance; embroil.

In intransitive terms the difference between boil and broil

is that boil is of a liquid, to begin to turn into a gas, seethe while broil is (obsolete) to brawl.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) bile, .


(en noun)
  • A localized accumulation of pus in the skin, resulting from infection.
  • Synonyms
    * abscess * carbuncle * cyst * furuncle * pimple * pustule

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) "to well up, boil"). More at seethe, well.


    (en noun)
  • The point at which fluid begins to change to a vapour.
  • Add the noodles when the water comes to the boil .
  • A dish of boiled food, especially based on seafood.
  • (rare, nonstandard) The collective noun for a group of hawks.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To heat (a liquid) to the point where it begins to turn into a gas.
  • Boil some water in a pan.
  • (intransitive) To cook in boiling water.
  • Boil the eggs for two minutes.
    Is the rice boiling yet?
  • Of a liquid, to begin to turn into a gas, seethe.
  • Pure water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
  • (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) Said of weather being uncomfortably hot.
  • It’s boiling outside!
  • (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) To feel uncomfortably hot. See also seethe.
  • I’m boiling in here – could you open the window?
  • To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation.
  • to boil sugar or salt
  • (obsolete) To steep or soak in warm water.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • To try whether seeds be old or new, the sense cannot inform; but if you boil them in water, the new seeds will sprout sooner.
  • To be agitated like boiling water; to bubble; to effervesce.
  • the boiling waves of the sea
  • * Bible, Job xii. 31
  • He maketh the deep to boil like a pot.
  • To be moved or excited with passion; to be hot or fervid.
  • His blood boils with anger.
  • * Surrey
  • Then boiled my breast with flame and burning wrath.
    * (of a liquid) seethe, well, plaw ; see also * (of the weather) be baking]], be scorching, [[swelter, be sweltering * (of a person) be seething]], be baking, [[stew, be stewing
    * (of a liquid) condense * (of the weather) be freezing * (of a person) be freezing
    Derived terms
    * boil away * boil down * boil down to * boil off * boil over * go off the boil * hard-boiled * make someone's blood boil * parboil * pot boiler * slow boil * soft-boiled
    See also
    * bake * condense * freeze * fry * grill * poach * steam



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) broillen, . (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To cook by direct, radiant heat.
  • To expose to great heat.
  • To be exposed to great heat.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • Food prepared by broiling.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • to cause a rowdy disturbance; embroil
  • (obsolete) to brawl
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A brawl; a rowdy disturbance.
  • * 1819 , , Otho the Great , Act I, verses 1-2
  • So, I am safe emerged from these broils ! / Amid the wreck of thousands I am whole
  • * Burke
  • I will own that there is a haughtiness and fierceness in human nature which will which will cause innumerable broils , place men in what situation you please.
  • * 1840 , Robert Chambers, ?William Chambers, Chambers's Edinburgh Journal (volume 8, page 382)
  • Since the provinces declared their independence, broils and squabblings of one sort and another have greatly retarded the advancement which they might otherwise have made.