To boil down
Boil Boil, v. t. 1. To heat to the boiling point, or so as to cause ebullition; as, to boil water. [1913 Webster]

2. To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation; as, to boil sugar or salt. [1913 Webster]

3. To subject to the action of heat in a boiling liquid so as to produce some specific effect, as cooking, cleansing, etc.; as, to boil meat; to boil clothes. [1913 Webster]

The stomach cook is for the hall, And boileth meate for them all. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

4. To steep or soak in warm water. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To try whether seeds be old or new, the sense can not inform; but if you boil them in water, the new seeds will sprout sooner. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{To boil down}, to reduce in bulk by boiling; as, to boil down sap or sirup. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To come down — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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