Pronunciation: (boil'ôf", -of"), [key]
1. Rocketry.any vapor loss from the oxidizer or fuel in a rocket during countdown.
2. Also called boil•ing-off Pronunciation: (boi'ling ôf', -of'). [key] Textiles.
a. the process of degumming silk.
b. the process of removing sizing, wax, impurities, etc., from fabric by scouring.
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