|Origin:||Old English byl|
1 British English a boil American EnglishDFC
the act or state of boiling:
Add the seasoning and bring the sauce to the boil.
She waited for the water to come to the boil (=begin to boil).
a painful infected swelling under someone's skin:
The boy's body is covered in boils.
3 British English
to become less good at something that you are usually very good at:
He's gone off the boil after a tournament win in Dubai.