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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.
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Not that the parting speech caused Amelia to philosophise, or that it armed her in any way with a calmness, the result of argument; but it was intolerably dull, pompous, and tedious; and having the fear of her schoolmistress greatly before her eyes, Miss Sedley did not venture, in her presence, to give way to any ebullitions of private grief.
It is true that in exact proportion as he became manageable by Kit he became utterly ungovernable by anybody else (as if he had determined to keep him in the family at all risks and hazards), and that, even under the guidance of his favourite, he would sometimes perform a great variety of strange freaks and capers, to the extreme discomposure of the old lady's nerves; but as Kit always represented that this was only his fun, or a way he had of showing his attachment to his employers, Mrs Garland gradually suffered herself to be persuaded into the belief, in which she at last became so strongly confirmed, that if, in one of these ebullitions, he had overturned the chaise, she would have been quite satisfied that he did it with the very best intentions.
My father went with me in order to introduce me to the notice of a friend of his; and (all unknown to me) my two elders took the most elaborate precautions against any ebullitions of youth on my part, innocent lad though I was.
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,
He knew Thomson well enough to be aware how unusual such an ebullition of feeling on his part was.
"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!-- and to you too, that had been used to live in Barton cottage!-- It seems quite ridiculous.
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.
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.
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.
He stopped, smiled darkly, and added, in a low, vindictive tone, 'It serves him right!' Having given vent to this cruel ebullition of deadly malice and cold-blooded triumph over a fallen enemy, Mr.
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?
The rages of men like Phoebus are milk-soups, whose ebullition is calmed by a drop of cold water.