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seethe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v seethe boil vigorously "The liquid was seething","The water rolled"
    • v seethe foam as if boiling "a seething liquid"
    • v seethe be in an agitated emotional state "The customer was seething with anger"
    • v seethe be noisy with activity "This office is buzzing with activity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Seethe To be a state of ebullition or violent commotion; to be hot; to boil. "A long Pointe, round which the Mississippi used to whirl, and seethe, and foam."
    • v. t Seethe To decoct or prepare for food in hot liquid; to boil; as, to seethe flesh. "Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • seethe To boil; decoct, or prepare for food by boiling: as, to seethe flesh.
    • seethe To soak.
    • seethe To boil; be in a state of ebullition, literally or figuratively.
    • seethe To boil: prepare food by boiling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Seethe sēth to boil: to cook in hot liquid: to soak
    • v.i Seethe to be boiling: to be hot:—pa.t. seethed or sod; pa.p. seethed or sodd′en
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Quotations

  • Don Marquis
    Don%20Marquis
    “A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    Edward%20Hoagland
    “True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sethen, AS. seóan,; akin to D. sieden, OHG. siodan, G. sieden, Icel. sja, Sw. sjuda, Dan. syde, Goth. saubs, a burnt offering. Cf. Sod (n.) Sodden Suds

Usage

In literature:

Yes, within the secret breast of Morris the flame of memory still burned, and still seethed those bitter waters of desire for the dead.
"Stella Fregelius" by H. Rider Haggard
I know that things are seething.
"The World For Sale, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Andrews was left alone amid the seethe of the rain and the tumultuous gurgle of water-spouts.
"Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos
Once again there was silence, broken only by the seething sound of waters and the indefinable murmur of an unseen throng beneath.
"The People Of The Mist" by H. Rider Haggard
This fire has seethed and raged within my breast!
"Don Carlos A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
But you can tell from the glassy look in their eyes that they are really seething inwardly.
"The Little Warrior" by P. G. Wodehouse
Faster and faster the ship was carried round the seething pool.
"The Story of Siegfried" by James Baldwin
His brain seemed seething with the boldest, the most unexpected schemes.
"Rudin" by Ivan Turgenev
His brain was seething with plans to go there when, waiting for a chance to cross a crowded thoroughfare, he heard his own name.
"Back To Billabong" by Mary Grant Bruce
There is seething and fermenting everywhere.
"Master Olof" by August Strindberg
But, though she was beaten, she was still seething with rebellion.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Throughout the day the entire line was a seething caldron, but the new Canadian positions were firmly held as night fell.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
Again and again each was presented, and the same seething chaos of sound ensued.
"Essays in Rebellion" by Henry W. Nevinson
All the while, and less than a hundred miles away, Verdun seethed with death; still nearer brewed the storm of the Somme.
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
The Commissioners found Washington seething with passion and trembling with excitement.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Then Ettinger, in his rare good humour loosened his tongue until it poured out everything there was in his seething brain.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
Already in his active, but musically-barren brain, theories were seething.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
That seething mob at Presho was only the spray cast by the tidal wave.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
By afternoon he was seething, mostly in Norwegian.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Jock Gilmour was still seething with a dour anger because Gourlay's quiet will had ground him to the task.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
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In poetry:

Of the wild wind, and in the seethe
And surge of ocean's pain;
That sundering rift and chasm, of which
Our lonely hearts complain.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
The great mad waves were rolling graves,
And each flung up its dead;
The seething flow was white below,
And black the sky o’erhead.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
Through the rocks in wildest courses
Seethes the Terek grim of mood,
Tempest howling its bewailing,
Pearled with foam its tearful flood.
"The Gift Of The Terek" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Then down the rugged precipice,
Through the whirling pools of Error's bliss,
Where the troubled waters seethe and hiss
A flood of tears.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Clustered stanzas change like seething
Wax at fortune-telling times.
He will bless the sleeping children
With the steam of molten rhymes.
"Humble home. But rum, and charcoal..." by Boris Pasternak
Rude spirits of the seething outer strife,
Unmeet to read her pure and simple spright,
Deem, if you list, such hours a waste of life,
Empty of all delight!
"Dedication for The Hunting Of The Snark" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

As a lover of grand opera, Louis Genovese must have understood the passions that seethed in humans and drove them to murder.
Deanna Mckinstry-Edwards (center) plays the pill-popping Violet to seething perfection in Paper Wing's August: Osage County.
In fact, they turn into a roiling, seething mass intent upon only one thing: food.
Simon Cowell is seething over NBC's decision to pit The Voice against his own X Factor when both shows premiere their new seasons next week, TMZ reports.
Jessica Chastain Seethes in Satisfying 'Heiress': Review.
Green Bay Packers seething as NFL replacement refs take heat.
A seething Long Island fan obsessed with "The Walking Dead" shot his girlfriend because she told him there's no way a zombie apocalypse could happen.
CNN-The birthplace of the Arab Spring seethed Friday as anti-American rage sparked by an online film that insulted Islam's prophet boiled over across the Muslim world.
Frustration seethed at a community meeting Wednesday night about panhandling and other recurring crimes, but Police Chief Robert Handy said much of the problem was out of the Police Department's hands.
Supporters of the law that compensates ailing Ground Zero first responders were seething at the federal government's decision Tuesday to exclude cancer from the list of 9/11-related health problems.
Washington's primary, a seething schools czar, rural poverty: Oregon politics roundup.
For over five years, Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire has been cultivating a sound that combines the darkness and brutality of grindcore and death metal, resulting in a seething cauldron of outrage and tortured despair.
Packers seething as NFL replacement refs take heat .
It's the seething seven-foot beast that just bucked me and is now thrashing its tail menacingly.
I can't always seethe the markings on the syringe when I draw my insulin.
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In science:

Today vir tual par ticles seethe from empty space, quantum objects telepor t past impassable barriers and space and time bend and dilate. Now vir tual reality theory is the simpler explanation, i.e.
The emergence of the physical world from information processing
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