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v. sim·mered, sim·mer·ing, sim·mers
1. To be cooked gently or remain just at or below the boiling point.
a. To be filled with pent-up emotion: simmer with resentment.
b. To be in a state of mild agitation or turmoil: resentment simmering between rivals.
c. To develop in a slow or unexcited way: She let the idea for the novel simmer. See Synonyms at boil1.
1. To cook (food) gently in a liquid just at or below the boiling point.
2. To keep (a liquid) near or just below the boiling point.
The state or process of simmering.
Phrasal Verb:
simmer down
To become calm after excitement or anger.

[Alteration of Middle English simpren, to simmer, probably of imitative origin.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.simmering - cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boilsimmering - cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boil
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
References in classic literature ?
Hagar, the witch, chanted an awful incantation over her kettleful of simmering toads, with weird effect.
By a dexterous piece of mimicry, she had made a living reality of one of the most insipid characters in the English drama; and she had roused to enthusiasm an audience of two hundred exiles from the blessings of ventilation, all simmering together in their own animal heat.
He was cordially welcomed by the goatherds, and Sancho, having as best he could put up Rocinante and the ass, drew towards the fragrance that came from some pieces of salted goat simmering in a pot on the fire; and though he would have liked at once to try if they were ready to be transferred from the pot to the stomach, he refrained from doing so as the goatherds removed them from the fire, and laying sheepskins on the ground, quickly spread their rude table, and with signs of hearty good-will invited them both to share what they had.
He was one of those creatures that are just simmering all the time with a silly sort of wickedness.
Old Joshway," as he is irreverently called by his neighbours, is in a state of simmering indignation; but he has not yet opened his lips except to say, in a resounding bass undertone, like the tuning of a violoncello, "Sehon, King of the Amorites; for His mercy endureth for ever; and Og the King of Basan: for His mercy endureth for ever"--a quotation which may seem to have slight bearing on the present occasion, but, as with every other anomaly, adequate knowledge will show it to be a natural sequence.
Temple Bar gets so hot that it is, to the adjacent Strand and Fleet Street, what a heater is in an urn, and keeps them simmering all night.
Monty struggled to his feet and came meekly towards where the pot stood simmering upon the ground.
It was a large, open fire-place, with the coals nicely covered up, and the big kettle simmering on the hook.
They smooth pillows; and make arrowroot; they get up at nights; they bear complaints and querulousness; they see the sun shining out of doors and don't want to go abroad; they sleep on arm-chairs and eat their meals in solitude; they pass long long evenings doing nothing, watching the embers, and the patient's drink simmering in the jug; they read the weekly paper the whole week through; and Law's Serious Call or the Whole Duty of Man suffices them for literature for the year--and we quarrel with them because, when their relations come to see them once a week, a little gin is smuggled in in their linen basket.
At all the more public pumps there is much cooling of bare feet, together with much bubbling and gurgling of drinking with hand to spout on the part of these Bedouins; the Cloisterham police meanwhile looking askant from their beats with suspicion, and manifest impatience that the intruders should depart from within the civic bounds, and once more fry themselves on the simmering high-roads.
As he dried himself he sniffed the air and looked toward the stove where a pot was simmering.
The cheese was simmering and browning away, most delightfully, in a little Dutch oven before the fire; the pettitoes were getting on deliciously in a little tin saucepan on the hob; and Mrs.