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boiling point

1. One's limit in patience, temper, or equanimity, after which one loses control of one's emotions. Likened to the temperature at which a given liquid boils. I was at my boiling point with the kids last night. All their fighting and shouting drove me crazy!
2. The point at which a situation becomes critical, calamitous, or uncontrollable. Tensions in the region are at their boiling point—full-scale war seems inevitable now.
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boiling point

A climax or crisis; a high degree of fury, excitement, or outrage. For example, The union's disgust with management has reached the boiling point. This metaphoric term alludes to the temperature at which water boils. [Second half of 1700s]
2. have a low boiling point. Become angry quite readily, as in Don't tease her anymore-she has a low boiling point. This phrase means that it takes less heat than usual for a boiling point to be reached. [First half of 1800s] Also see boil over; make one's blood boil.
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VOCs are organic chemicals having a high vapour pressure resulting from their low boiling point, which leads to extensive evaporation.
The main reason to the good performance to decrease the vapor depress of adipate derives should be contribute to the distribution of the adipates on the surface of methanol-gasoline, which prevents the formation of an azeotrope with low boiling point.
Given that carbon is a volatile element - one that has a low boiling point - it should have either boiled away into space during Earth's hot formative years, or become locked in the planet's core, attracted by iron-rich alloys there that have a strong affinity for carbon.
Helium does not just make voices go squeaky - its extremely low boiling point means it is used for super-cooling and is critical in MRI scanners, nuclear power and leak detection.
Sion cleaning fluid has a low boiling point of 47[degrees]C, over 60 per cent lower than that of PERC, and in most cases extraction is not required, reducing usage and cost.
The chemicals have a low boiling point and due to the high temperatures overnight they had gassed off.
Solvents with a low boiling point, like acetone, methylene chloride and pentane, do not require as deep an end vacuum to evaporate as solvents such as acetonitrile, benzene and chloroform.
A liquid with a low boiling point is pumped around a set of copper tubes and as warm air passes over the tubes it raises the temperature of the liquid, causing it to evaporate.
ORC turbines employ an organic medium with a low boiling point.
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Liquid helium, which has an extremely low boiling point of minus 452.
This sees warm surface seawater pumped through a heat exchange to vaporize a fluid with a low boiling point, such as ammonia.
Butane's low boiling point helps improve fuel efficiency and makes engines easier to start in winter.
A fluid with a low boiling point, such as ammonium, is vaporised in a heat exchanger using surface water from the sea with an average temperature of about 25AC.
We had been pointed towards one low boiling point fluid "operating" in Germany, but despite the glossy brochures we were unable to get the operators to say much about the actual effectiveness of the system without the use of the supplementary firing in its design.