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
  1. verb
    cook under a broiler
    broil fish”
    synonyms: oven broil
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    broil in a pan
    type of:
    cook over a grill
  2. verb
    heat by a natural force
    “The sun broils the valley in the summer”
    synonyms: bake
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    type of:
    heat, heat up
    make hot or hotter
  3. verb
    be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun
    “The town was broiling in the sun”
    synonyms: bake
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    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  4. noun
    cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat (as over a fire or under a grill)
    synonyms: broiling, grilling
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    type of:
    cookery, cooking, preparation
    the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
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