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boil down


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v boil down cook until very little liquid is left "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
    • v boil down be cooked until very little liquid is left "The sauce should reduce to one cup"
    • v boil down be the essential element "The proposal boils down to a compromise"
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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?”


In literature:

Underneath all the flowery verbiage, it boiled down to an invitation to attend the post-Coronation reception.
"Heist Job on Thizar" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Shady's rage boiled over and she swept down upon him with a furious burst of barking.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
We boiled down maple sap and made sugar.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
They stood there for some time, looking down into the basin to see the water boil up from between the stones and among the sands.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott
Strong, I assure you, boiled down to a thick sirup.
"Aunt Madge's Story" by Sophie May
Black smoke spouted as from a crater and debris rained down on a boiling sea.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
There he sank down, and Wiglaf laved his brow with water from the little stream, which boiled and steamed no longer.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
Even salt could only be obtained by boiling down sea water.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Presently 'thwart the pathway foamed a flood Of boiling waves, rolling down corpses.
"Indian Poetry" by Edwin Arnold
It was next quenched in their kettle, wherein they had boiled a quantity of flour down to the consistence of thin starch.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
If it boils down too much add a little water.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Boil down to one pint.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Boil down to 1 cup, and mix with the meat.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
Boil the sauce down until it is the proper consistency; pour it over, and serve at once.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
This is where they boil down their sap in the spring.
"Clematis" by Bertha B. Cobb
They might, I imagine, have brought up some pieces of boiled potato or even of fresh shad, provided it had fallen down first.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Size can be made by boiling down vellum cuttings, or by dissolving gelatine or isinglass in warm water.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
The remainder is boiled down into a syrup, or further simmered until it thickens into cakes, called chancacas, or brown sugar.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The sap is boiled down; that is, the water is driven off and the sugar remains.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
So sugar, or honey, was added scantly, at the end of the boiling down.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams

In poetry:

A few gourd leaves that waved about
Cut down and boiled;--the feast how spare!
But the good host his spirits takes,
Pours out a cup, and proves them rare.
"Hospitality" by Confucius
'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
Is the breakfast-hour past? They must wait, they must wait,
While the coffee boils sullenly down,
While the Johnny-cake burns on the grate, on the grate,
And the toast is done frightfully brown.
"The Old Man Of The Sea" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
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
Henceforth those loafing swagmen who around the stations coil,
Exchanging lies at night until they see the billies boil,
At lambing-down or shearing-time will tell with bated breath
Of Walker's fight with Thunderbolt, that ride for life and death.
"A Day's Ride" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

It all boils down to the federal government not wanting to enforce federal law.
John Calipari has managed to boil down his pregame preparation to three simple truisms.
A source within a large company here in Western New York says part of the problem boils down to a bizarre mix-up .
WASHINGTON — Amid demands from Republicans that President Obama propose detailed new spending cuts to avert the year-end fiscal crisis, his answer boils down to this: you first.
Individual circumstances are often too complex to boil down to one-size-fits-all rules.
There are a few ways to teach skills, but they all boil down to having the trainee do something and having the senior person (or some other way) give them feedback.
Success in managing off-site team members along with on-site staff boils down to a few main approaches, says Brian Cotter, president and co-founder of PSG Global Solutions in a new blog post in The Staffing Stream.
According to Public Information Officer Dan Pfeiffer, the boil order will be rescheduled once date for relocating a main water line is nailed down.
Others add that the decision boils down to not wanting to "upset the apple cart" by overturning a law passed by both houses of Congress.
Boiling Down Time Warner's Situation Into A Few Sentences.
There was a lot of information to digest, if you will, but I boiled it down and picked out a few things you may not think about or didn't realize.
Pollan boils down how we should eat in seven simple words.
When Mount Vesuvius exploded above Pompeii, Italy, in late August A.D 79, it sent a fury of boiling mud and gases down its slopes at nearly 100 miles per hour, burying the city in ten feet of ash.
Bring to a boil and turn down the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
Once the water has gone down to about half way, finish by slowly pouring about three more ounces of near-boiling water in a clockwise motion over the soaking grounds.

In science:

This boils down to six technical conditions under very general circumstances.
Dynamics of trap models
The interest of these examples lies in that, besides being irreducible and of degree r, they fit a recent construct generalizing the classical de Jonqui`eres transformations (see [Pan]) and boil down in particular cases to pro jections of certain scroll surfaces.
Homaloidal hypersurfaces and hypersurfaces with vanishing Hessian
These assumptions boil down into the (Friedmann-)Robertson-Walker metric.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
If SOX can be boiled down to one sentence it is that it removes the ‘I didn’t know what was going on’ defence for senior executives.
Enterprise Spreadsheet Management: A Necessary Good
It is instructive to see what all this boils down to when n is prime.
Four primality testing algorithms
The latter is convenient since it boils the problem down to a single scalar unknown.
Fast computation of magnetostatic fields by Non-uniform Fast Fourier Transforms
Maximizing the violation of local realism boils down to finding the optimal phase θm such that the first factor of the right hand side is maximum.
Tests of multimode quantum non-locality with homodyne measurements
In a model, uncertainty boils down to a data input whose value we don’t yet know.
A Primer on Spreadsheet Analytics
In any event, everything boils down to estimating, on the basis of the actual observations, the quantity B (p)t in (7), and the difficulty of this estimation depends on the value of p.
Testing for jumps in a discretely observed process
In all of the cases it turns out that the terms E (uρ log uρ ) and E (uρ log2 uρ ) are bounded and so the problem boils down to computing the maximum value of gρ .
Boolean Compressed Sensing and Noisy Group Testing
CC boils down to a statistical estimation problem.
Estimating Entropy of Data Streams Using Compressed Counting
Thus, CC boils down to a statistical estimation problem.
Estimating Entropy of Data Streams Using Compressed Counting
In this case assumption (A2’) boils down to the joint measurability of the evaluation mapping (x, h) ∈ X × H (cid:55)→ xh .
Testing over a continuum of null hypotheses with False Discovery Rate control
Consequently, our study boils down to exploring matching/linking models that maximize the hit ratio of the anonymous records for varying values of both T and AR sizes.
Exploring Linkablility of Community Reviewing
Calculating BFES (φ, ω) boils down to evaluating a complicated multi-dimensional integral.
Bayesian Methods for Genetic Association Analysis with Heterogeneous Subgroups: from Meta-Analyses to Gene-Environment Interactions