aboil
adjective or adverb Date: 1810 1. being at the boiling point ; boiling 2. intensely excited or stirred up <
the meeting was aboil with controversy
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  • aboil — /euh boyl /, adv., adj. 1. boiling: Make the tea as soon as the water is aboil. 2. in a state of excited activity: The street was aboil with Saturday shoppers. [1855 60; A 1 + BOIL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • aboil — adjective a) In a boil; boiling. In the kitchen several pots were aboil. b) Figuratively, heated up; excited. In the drawing room, several conversations were aboil …   Wiktionary

  • aboil — a•boil [[t]əˈbɔɪl[/t]] adj. adv. 1) cvb boiling 2) cvb in a state of excitement • Etymology: 1855–1860 …   From formal English to slang

  • aboil — əˈ adjective Etymology: a (I) + boil, v. : boiling …   Useful english dictionary

  • abeillage — ⇒ABEILLAGE, ABOILAGE, subst. masc. I. DR. Dans le langage féodal, droit seigneurial sur les abeilles et leurs productions. II. En dehors de la langue du droit A. Élevage des abeilles (synon. apiculture, seul employé au XXe s., cf. hist.). B.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • aboilage — ⇒ABEILLAGE, ABOILAGE, subst. masc. I. DR. Dans le langage féodal, droit seigneurial sur les abeilles et leurs productions. II. En dehors de la langue du droit A. Élevage des abeilles (synon. apiculture, seul employé au XXe s., cf. hist.). B.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • a|boil — «uh BOYL», adverb, adjective. in a boiling state: »The immediate vicinity was aboil … a brisk beehive of military efficiency (Alastair Reed) …   Useful english dictionary

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