Meaning of simmer

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. We waited for the audience to simmer down.
    1. to reduce in volume by simmering.
    2. Slang.to become calm or quiet, as from a state of anger or turmoil:We waited for the audience to simmer down.
—n.
  1. the state or process of simmering.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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