What does simmer mean?

Definitions for simmer
ˈsɪm ərsim·mer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. simmerverb

    temperature just below the boiling point

    "the stew remained at a simmer for hours"

  2. simmerverb

    boil slowly at low temperature

    "simmer the sauce"; "simmering water"


  1. simmernoun

    The state or process of simmering.

    The kettle was kept on the simmer.

  2. simmerverb

    To cook or undergo heating slowly at or below the boiling point.

    The soup simmered on the stove.

  3. simmerverb

    To cause to cook or to cause to undergo heating slowly at or below the boiling point.

    Simmer the soup for five minutes, then serve.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Simmerverb

    To boil gently; to boil with a gentle hissing.

    Etymology: A word made probably from the sound, but written by Stephen Skinner, simber.

    Place a vessel in warm sand, increasing the heat by degrees, till the spirit simmer or boil a little. Boyle.

    Their vital heat and moisture may always not only simber in one sluggish tenour, but sometimes boil up higher, and seeth over; the fire of life being more than ordinarily kindled upon some emergent occasion. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.


  1. Simmer

    Simmering is a food preparation technique by which foods are cooked in hot liquids kept just below the boiling point of water (lower than 100 °C or 212 °F) and above poaching temperature (higher than 71–80 °C or 160–176 °F). To create a steady simmer, a liquid is brought to a boil, then its heat source is reduced to a lower, constant temperature.


  1. simmer

    Simmer is a method of cooking that involves maintaining a liquid at a temperature just below its boiling point, typically around 185 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit or 85 to 96 degrees Celsius. It is often characterized by small bubbles forming and gently rising to the surface in a consistent but non-vigorous manner. This slow, gentle cooking process is used to tenderize meat, cook grains, reduce sauces, and develop flavors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simmerverb

    to boil gently, or with a gentle hissing; to begin to boil

  2. Simmerverb

    to cause to boil gently; to cook in liquid heated almost or just to the boiling point

  3. Etymology: [Prov. E. also simper; -- an onomatopoetic word.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Simmer

    sim′ėr, v.i. to boil with a gentle, hissing sound: to be on the point of boiling out, as into anger.—n. a gentle heating. [Imit.; cf. Sw. dial. summa, to hum, Ger. summen.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Simmer is ranked #26576 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Simmer surname appeared 917 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Simmer.

    93.7% or 860 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 17 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.8% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. mimers

  2. mermis

  3. merism

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of simmer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of simmer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of simmer in a Sentence

  1. Rodrigo Catril:

    U.S.-China tensions continue to simmer in the background, but equity investors appear more interested on the prospect of economies reopening around the globe, on this score, Japan ended its nationwide state of emergency, Spaniards have returned to bars in Madrid wearing masks and England will re-open some businesses on June 1.

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