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Princeton's WordNet

  1. broil, broiling, grillingverb

    cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat (as over a fire or under a grill)

  2. broil, oven broilverb

    cook under a broiler

    "broil fish"

  3. broil, bakeverb

    heat by a natural force

    "The sun broils the valley in the summer"

  4. bake, broilverb

    be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun

    "The town was broiling in the sun"; "the tourists were baking in the heat"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BROILnoun

    A tumult; a quarrel.

    Etymology: brouiller, Fr.

    Say to the king thy knowledge of the broil,
    As thou didst leave it. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    He has sent the sword both of civil broils, and publick war, amongst us. William Wake.

    Rude were their revels, and obscene their joys,
    The broils of drunkards, and the lust of boys. George Granville.

  2. To BROILverb

    To dress or cook by laying on the coals, or before the fire.

    Etymology: bruler, Fr.

    Some strip the skin, some portion out the spoil,
    Some on the fire the reeking entrails broil. John Dryden, Æneid.

  3. To Broilverb

    To be in the heat.

    Where have you been broiling? ——
    ———— Among the croud i’ th’ abbey, where a finger
    Could not be wedg’d in more. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Long ere now all the planets and comets had been broiling in the sun, had the world lasted from all eternity. George Cheyne.


  1. broil

    Grilling is a form of cooking that involves dry heat applied to the surface of food, commonly from above, below or from the side. Grilling usually involves a significant amount of direct, radiant heat, and tends to be used for cooking meat and vegetables quickly. Food to be grilled is cooked on a grill (an open wire grid such as a gridiron with a heat source above or below), using a cast iron/frying pan, or a grill pan (similar to a frying pan, but with raised ridges to mimic the wires of an open grill). Heat transfer to the food when using a grill is primarily through thermal radiation. Heat transfer when using a grill pan or griddle is by direct conduction. In the United States, when the heat source for grilling comes from above, grilling is called broiling. In this case, the pan that holds the food is called a broiler pan, and heat transfer is through thermal radiation. Direct heat grilling can expose food to temperatures often in excess of 260 °C (500 °F). Grilled meat acquires a distinctive roast aroma and flavor from a chemical process called the Maillard reaction. The Maillard reaction only occurs when foods reach temperatures in excess of 155 °C (310 °F).Studies have shown that cooking beef, pork, poultry, and fish at high temperatures can lead to the formation of heterocyclic amines, benzopyrenes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are carcinogens.Marination may reduce the formation of these compounds. Grilling is often presented as a healthy alternative to cooking with oils, although the fat and juices lost by grilling can contribute to drier food.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broilnoun

    a tumult; a noisy quarrel; a disturbance; a brawl; contention; discord, either between individuals or in the state

  2. Broilverb

    to cook by direct exposure to heat over a fire, esp. upon a gridiron over coals

  3. Broilverb

    to subject to great (commonly direct) heat

  4. Broilverb

    to be subjected to the action of heat, as meat over the fire; to be greatly heated, or to be made uncomfortable with heat

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Broil

    broil, n. a noisy quarrel: a confused disturbance—(Scot.) Brul′yie, Brul′zie.—n. Broil′er, one who stirs up broils. [Fr. brouiller, to trouble.]

  2. Broil

    broil, v.t. to cook over hot coals: to grill.—v.i. to be greatly heated. [Ety. dub.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of broil in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of broil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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