To broil is to cook something with direct exposure to fire. Broiling is similar to grilling, but you can also oven broil your steak if it's raining out.

Have you ever had a cookout? If so, someone was probably heating up hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. This is a type of broiling. Broiling involves direct exposure to a flame. You can broil with a grill, a campfire, and with many types of stoves. You can also say that cooking by broiling is a broil (the noun). People like to get a broil going, especially in the summer.

Definitions of broil

v cook under a broiler

broil fish”
oven broil
broil in a pan
Type of:
cook over a grill

v heat by a natural force

“The sun broils the valley in the summer”
Type of:
heat, heat up
make hot or hotter

v be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun

“The town was broiling in the sun”
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat (as over a fire or under a grill)

broiling, grilling
Type of:
cookery, cooking, preparation
the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

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