v. sim·mered, sim·mer·ing, sim·mers
1. To be cooked gently or remain just at or below the boiling point.
a. To be filled with pent-up emotion: simmer with resentment.
b. To be in a state of mild agitation or turmoil: resentment simmering between rivals.
c. To develop in a slow or unexcited way: She let the idea for the novel simmer. See Synonyms at boil1.
1. To cook (food) gently in a liquid just at or below the boiling point.
2. To keep (a liquid) near or just below the boiling point.
The state or process of simmering.
To become calm after excitement or anger.
[Alteration of Middle English simpren, to simmer, probably of imitative origin.]
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