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1. The state or process of boiling.
2. A sudden, violent outpouring, as of emotion: "did not ... give way to any ebullitions of private grief" (William Makepeace Thackeray).

[Middle English ebullitioun, from Late Latin ēbullītiō, ēbullītiōn-, from Latin ēbullītus, past participle of ēbullīre, to bubble up; see ebullient.]

eb′ul·li′tion·al adj.


1. (General Physics) the process of boiling
2. a sudden outburst, as of intense emotion
[C16: from Late Latin ēbullītiō; see ebullient]


(ˌɛb əˈlɪʃ ən)

1. a seething or overflowing, as of feeling; outburst.
2. the state of being ebullient.
3. the act or process of boiling up.
[1525–35; < Late Latin ēbullītiō; see ebullient, -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ebullition - an unrestrained expression of emotion
expression, reflexion, reflection, manifestation - expression without words; "tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
acting out - a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult
cry - a fit of weeping; "had a good cry"
explosion - a sudden outburst; "an explosion of laughter"; "an explosion of rage"
flare - a sudden outburst of emotion; "she felt a flare of delight"; "she could not control her flare of rage"


n. ebullición, acto de hervir.
References in classic literature ?
Hepzibah had no natural turn for cookery, and, to say the truth, had fairly incurred her present meagreness by often choosing to go without her dinner rather than be attendant on the rotation of the spit, or ebullition of the pot.
He breathed short, and his large dark eyes flashed like live coals; and he might have broken out into some dangerous ebullition, had not the kindly manufacturer touched him on the arm, and said, in a low tone,
Aye, aye, the parsonage is but a small one," said she, after the first ebullition of surprise and satisfaction was over, "and very likely MAY be out of repair; but to hear a man apologising, as I thought, for a house that to my knowledge has five sitting rooms on the ground-floor, and I think the housekeeper told me could make up fifteen beds
Good fortune opens the hand as well as the heart wonderfully; and to give somewhat when we have largely received, is but to afford a vent to the unusual ebullition of the sensations.
Suddenly and at the same moment, the ebullition ceased and the compound changed to a dark purple, which faded again more slowly to a watery green.
The count bit his lips till the blood almost started, to prevent the ebullition of anger which his proud and irritable temper scarcely allowed him to restrain; understanding, however, that in the present state of things the laugh would decidedly be against him, he turned from the door, towards which he had been directing his steps, and again confronted the banker.
As he crossed the threshold he was met by old Lisabetta, who smirked and smiled, and was evidently desirous to attract his attention; vainly, however, as the ebullition of his feelings had momentarily subsided into a cold and dull vacuity.
He arose from the blow, adjusted his clothes, and made no attempt at retaliation at all -- merely muttering a few words about "taking summary vengeance at the first convenient opportunity," -- a natural and very justifiable ebullition of anger, which meant nothing, however, and, beyond doubt, was no sooner given vent to than forgotten.
When he was gone she stood awhile, thoughtfully peeling the last bud; and then, awakening from her reverie, flung it and all the crowd of floral nobility impatiently on the ground, in an ebullition of displeasure with herself for her NIAISERIES, and with a quickening warmth in her heart of hearts.
Hale, after all, knew enough of Ethan's situation to make it possible for the latter to renew his appeal without too much loss of pride; and, moreover, how much did pride count in the ebullition of passions in his breast?
And yet, while my heart cried aloud in spite of me, and my nerves relieved themselves in this unpremeditated ebullition, I was all the time watching its effect as closely as though no word of it had been sincere.
The rages of men like Phoebus are milk-soups, whose ebullition is calmed by a drop of cold water.