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sim•mer



Pronunciation: (sim'ur), [key]
v.i.
1. to cook or cook in a liquid at or just below the boiling point.
2. to make a gentle murmuring sound, as liquids cooking just below the boiling point.
3. to be in a state of subdued or restrained activity, development, excitement, anger, etc.: The town simmered with rumors.

v.t.
1. to keep (liquid) in a state approaching boiling.
2. to cook in a liquid that is kept at or just below the boiling point.
3. simmer down,
a. to reduce in volume by simmering.
b. Slang.to become calm or quiet, as from a state of anger or turmoil: We waited for the audience to simmer down.

n.
the state or process of simmering.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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