2. [syn: boiling, stewing, simmering]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stew \Stew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stewed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Stewing.] [OE. stuven, OF. estuver, F. ['e]tuver, fr. OF.
estuve, F. ['e]tuve, a sweating house, a room heated for a
bath; probably of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. stove. See
Stove, and cf. Stive to stew.]
To boil slowly, or with the simmering or moderate heat; to
seethe; to cook in a little liquid, over a gentle fire,
without boiling; as, to stew meat; to stew oysters; to stew
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an extreme state of worry and agitation; "his stewing over
the fight kept him awake most of the night"
2: cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boil [syn:
boiling, stewing, simmering]