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To boil down


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To boil down to reduce in bulk by boiling; as, to boil down sap or sirup.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thirty to 40 gallons of sugar maple sap must be boiled down to make just one gallon of maple syrup
    • To boil down to reduce in bulk by boiling, to extract the substance of, to epitomise
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  • Julie Burchill
    “The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion; things to make life easier for men, in fact.”
  • Julie Burchill
    “Now the whole dizzying and delirious range of sexual possibilities has been boiled down to that one big, boring, bulimic word. RELATIONSHIP.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Has it [popular sovereignty] not got down as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. boillir—L. bullīrebulla, a bubble.


In literature:

Johnstone had also been compelled to boil down.
"The Gilpins and their Fortunes" by William H. G. Kingston
What it seems to boil down to is that they might.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Boil it down, and please, for the sake of the editor's eyesight, don't try to put too much on a page.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The urn had been sent down, with strict injunctions to keep the water boiling, and all was cleared away.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Melt the gelatine and the agar tubes in boiling water; then transfer to the water-bath and cool them down to 42 deg.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
A nicer way is to boil them, then place them whole in a buttered dish with stems down.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
By the time the soup is done it will have boiled down to two quarts, and will be very thick and good.
"Twenty-Five Cent Dinners for Families of Six" by Juliet Corson
He went down into the steward's room for some salt meat, which he wished to soak in the boiling water.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
Then, if they could get enough, they meant to boil it down and make sugar-wax.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
What happens to the people if the boiling lava rolls down through their vineyards and into their houses?
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
He undoubtedly boiled his materials down to a small size.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Boil it down to a quart, and strain it off.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Call it liberty, if you want to, but it's all boiled down now to Addington.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Take out the pears and let the syrup boil down to half; flavour it with vanilla.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
When the Earl of Ancester came back to the Towers next day he certainly did look a little boiled down; otherwise, cheerful and collected.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Not quite as crude as that, of course, but that's what it boiled down to, let me tell you!
"Martyr" by Alan Edward Nourse
Nevertheless he followed her down and saw that she went to the galley for a soft-boiled egg for the next child.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Boil it down to its last analysis and this is what it means.
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
At length it began to boil and hiss, the steam rose from the pot, and the scum flowed down into the fire.
"Tales from the German" by Various
Did you know that I was able to boil my list of men down to thirty when I studied their family ties?
"Voyage To Eternity" by Milton Lesser

In poetry:

'She's quite too old for laying eggs,
Nay, even to make a soup of;
One only needs to see her legs,--
You might as well boil down the pegs
I made the brood-hen's coop of!
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
Now the summit is gained, the reward of their toil:
So they sit down contentedly water to boil:
Eat and drink, stamp their feet, and keep warm if they can--
O who is so blest as the Alpine Club man?
"The Alpine Club Man" by E W Bowling

In news:

FREEPORT — The town's economic future can be boiled down to four goals: Expanding outdoor recreation, preserving the waterfront, creating better visibility for smaller, locally owned businesses, and non-retail development.
MAYBE YOU'VE SEEN those video recaps that boil nine innings down to the bare essentials, eliminating everything but the pitches that result in something happening.
Leading Cosmetic Dermatologist Recommends Boiling it Down to the Basics.
"This whole thing boils down to the one cake," Phillips said.
As always, it boils down to individual perspective.
The New Aesthetic issue of "seeing like machines" will boil down to aesthetics .
And whether the root cause of these incidents boils down to driver error or faulty mechanicals, Toyota is working to address the issue.
Without going into the details of the Vision2 proposal, two of the campaign's leading voices boiled the issue down to one word Thursday - jobs.
Her behavior boils down to drinking.
All the medical terms associated with Robert Griffin III 's knee injury can be boiled down to one simple message: It's not too bad.
Mitt Romney's plan for victory boils down to this: Convince independent voters he'll change Washington, stoke Republican enthusiasm and avoid unforced errors.
The answer boils down to advertising.
"We felt like the game was going to boil down to rebounding, " Morris head coach Joe Blumberg said.
Mostly, the reasons can be boiled down to a resistance to change.
Ezra Klein boils this down to a thousand words.

In science:

All the observations are boiled down to the OAKE protocol, which is depicted in Figure 1.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
Therefore, the non-atomicity of the measure boils down to finding a q such that the powerlaw spectrum is strictly larger than d: • In the subcritical situation γ 2 < 2d, the function ξ increases on [0, 1] from 0 to d.
Critical Gaussian Multiplicative Chaos: Convergence of the Derivative Martingale
The process (Z β thus converges almost surely towards a positive random variable denoted by Z β (A). t (A))t (cid:62) 0 is a martingale boils down to proving, for each x ∈ A, Proof.
Critical Gaussian Multiplicative Chaos: Convergence of the Derivative Martingale
By the limit set theorem proved in, the main difficulty to apply this approach usually boils down to analyze the deterministic ODE, which is nontrivial in many occasions.
A Class of Multi-particle Reinforced Interacting Random Walk
Interestingly, while we can derive the best shift for a dataset given an existing model (which boils down to shift it to make its average error equal to zero), there are some effective methods to determine this shift for the deployment data given an operating condition, as has been recently explored by .
A graphical analysis of cost-sensitive regression problems
The key feature here is that the formalism of determinantal processes does not apply, and one needs to use other tools that here boil down to employing Macdonald-Ruijsenaars difference operators.
Lectures on integrable probability
Finally, the fourth section provides a characterization of Anti-FD; it boils down to triviality of the infinitesimal subgroup and an elementary topological constraint, that every finite rank subgroup be discrete with respect to the norm obtained from the affine representation.
Non-direct limit of simple dimension groups with finitely many pure traces
Thus, bounding |GA 0 R′′ (X, Y )| pointwise boils down to estimates of the form in the following lemma.
Simple Type and the Boundary of Moduli Space
Once the filter has been determined, perhaps the best way to proceed is by computing its spectral response i.e., its z transform which boils down to computing its Fourier transform (Proakis & Manolakis 1996).
Random Lag Singular Cross-Spectrum Analysis
This boils down to a nonperturbative boundary condition on the U we are considering, and determines it completely .
Holographic Renormalisation and Anomalies
Much of the current interest in polarized scattering resulted from the the so-called spin crisis, which boils down to the observation that the total helicity of the proton appears not to be carried primarily by quarks.
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
When N is a smooth symplectic manifold and {·, ·} its ordinary symplectic Poisson structure, this notion of compatibility with the polarization boils down to the usual notion of classical observable which is compatible with or, equivalently, quantizable in, the given complex polarization.
Kaehler quantization and reduction
The system consisting of M P and the restriction maps to the M PY Y ’s explained earlier (where Y runs through the strata) boils down to the corresponding zero’th cohomology groups.
Kaehler quantization and reduction
U(N ) can be boiled down to the case of SU(N ) by shifting the variables xk → xk + u1/N .
On exact superpotentials in confining vacua
It is the practical experience boiled down to abstract level.
Software Architecture Overview