Boil vs Infusion - What's the difference?

boil | infusion |

As nouns the difference between boil and infusion

is that boil is a localized accumulation of pus in the skin, resulting from infection or boil can be the point at which fluid begins to change to a vapour while infusion is tea (infusion made from herbs).

As a verb boil

is to heat (a liquid) to the point where it begins to turn into a gas.



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




    (en noun)
  • A product consisting of a liquid which has had other ingredients steeped in it to extract useful qualities.
  • An extract of rooibos and chamomile makes a refreshing infusion .
  • The act of steeping or soaking a substance in liquid so as to extract medicinal or herbal qualities.
  • The act of installing a quality into a person.
  • * 1602 : , act V scene 1
  • [...] but in the verity of extolment / I take him to be a soul of great article and his infusion / of such dearth and rareness as, to make true diction of / him, his semblable in his mirror, and who else would / trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.
  • (obsolete) The act of dipping into a fluid.