When we boil milk and after a few minutes it flows out of the pan, what is the single word to describe this action or appearance?
I'd call this boiling over:
(of a liquid) to rise up in a cooking container and flow over the edge
If a liquid that is being heated boils over, it rises up and flows over the edge of the pan:
Take the milk off the heat before it boils over.
Imagine a horror movie. A bunch of bugs enters a person's ears and then the person falls to the ground dying, and the mouth frothing with bubbles.
Imagine another movie - a teenage comedy. The student mixes two liquids into a large beaker, and it starts to froth over. And then mayhem ensues.
Imagine Harry Potter movie, or better still, Once Upon a Time TV series. The green witch Zelena (Rebecca Mader), throws in a bunch of stuffs into her cauldron and stirs the concoction. Then it bubbles and froths over.
Usually when you boil milk, rice or oat, they tend to froth - form bubbles which overflows.
- a mass of small bubbles of air or a gas in a liquid, produced by fermentation, detergent, etc
- (Pathology) a mixture of saliva and air bubbles formed at the lips in certain diseases, such as rabies
- trivial ideas, talk, or entertainment
- to produce or cause to produce froth
- (tr) to give out in the form of froth
- (tr) to cover with froth
[from Old Norse frotha or frauth; related to Old English āfrēothan to foam, Sanskrit prothati he snorts]
- frothy adj
- frothily adv
- frothiness n
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