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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
heat /hit/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the condition or quality of being hot:[uncountable]Heat rises.
  2. degree of hotness;
    temperature:[uncountable]moderate heat.
  3. the sensation of warmth:[uncountable]I could feel the heat from her skin.
  4. a source of warmth, as a stove:[uncountable]Stand closer to the heat if you're cold.
  5. hot weather or climate;
    a period of such hot weather:[uncountable;  often: the + ~]The heat will be with us for a few days.
  6. Food sharp, pungent flavor;
    spiciness:[uncountable]the heat of chili peppers.
  7. warmth or intensity of feeling;
    vehemence;
    passion:[uncountable]He answered the charges with heat.
  8. a point of greatest intensity, excitement, or other emotion:[uncountable;  often: in + the + ~ + of]in the heat of battle.
  9. Slang Terms[uncountable;  the + ~]
    • pursuit or investigation by the police:The criminals tried to get out of town because the heat was on.
    • the police:Let's scram; here comes the heat!
    • intense pressure:The heat is on now to find a replacement.
    • blame:Who will take the heat for this mistake?
  10. Sport[countable] a single division of a contest, esp. a race in which competitors qualify for entry in the final race or contest.

v. 
  1. to (cause to) become hot or warm: [no object;  (~ + up)]The house is heating up in the sun.[+ object]Heat the milk and let's have some cocoa.[+ up + object]The sun is heating up the house.[+ object + up]Heat the soup up.
  2. heat up, to (cause to) become more active, intense, or excited: [no object]The situation is heating up again.[+ up + object]This crisis is bound to heat up the dispute.[+ object + up]The terrorist attack heated things up again.
Idioms
  1. Zoologyin heat, in the period of time or state in which the female of certain mammals can mate or conceive young:to be in heat.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
heat  (hēt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the state of a body perceived as having or generating a relatively high degree of warmth.
  2. the condition or quality of being hot:the heat of an oven.
  3. the degree of hotness;
    temperature:moderate heat.
  4. the sensation of warmth or hotness:unpleasant heat.
  5. a bodily temperature higher than normal:the heat of a fever; the feeling of heat caused by physical exertion.
  6. Physicsadded or external energy that causes a rise in temperature, expansion, evaporation, or other physical change.
  7. Physicsa nonmechanical energy transfer with reference to a temperature difference between a system and its surroundings or between two parts of the same system. Symbol: Q
  8. a hot condition of the atmosphere or physical environment;
    hot season or weather.
  9. a period of hot weather.
  10. Fooda sharp, pungent flavor, as that produced by strong spices.
  11. warmth or intensity of feeling;
    vehemence;
    passion:He spoke with much heat and at great length.
  12. maximum intensity in an activity, condition, etc.;
    the height of any action, situation, or the like:the heat of battle; the heat of passion.
  13. extreme pressure, as of events, resulting in tension or strain:In the heat of his hasty departure he forgot his keys.
  14. a single intense effort;
    a sustained, concentrated, and continuous operation:The painting was finished at a heat.
  15. Slang Termsintensified pressure, esp. in a police investigation.
  16. Slang Termsthe police.
  17. Slang Termsarmed protection, esp. a pistol, revolver, or other firearm:All guards carry some heat.
  18. Sport
    • a single course in or division of a race or other contest.
    • a race or other contest in which competitors attempt to qualify for entry in the final race or contest.
  19. Metallurgy
    • a single operation of heating, as of metal in a furnace, in the treating and melting of metals.
    • a quantity of metal produced by such an operation.
  20. Zoology
    • sexual receptiveness in animals, esp. females.
    • the period or duration of such receptiveness:to be in heat.

v.t. 
  1. to make hot or warm (often fol. by up).
  2. to excite emotionally;
    inflame or rouse with passion.

v.i. 
  1. to become hot or warm (often fol. by up).
  2. to become excited emotionally.
  3. heat up, to increase or become more active or intense:Business competition will heat up toward the end of the year.
heata•ble, adj. 
heatful, adj. 
heatless, adj. 
heatlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English hete, Old English hǣtu; akin to German Hitze; see hot
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hotness, warmth.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged caloricity.
    • 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ardor, fervor, zeal, flush, fever, excitement, impetuosity.
    • 22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stimulate, warm, stir, animate.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged coolness.
    • 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged indifference.
    • 21.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cool.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
heat /hiːt/ n
  1. the energy transferred as a result of a difference in temperature
  2. Related adjective(s): thermal, calorific
  3. the sensation caused in the body by heat energy; warmth
  4. the state or quality of being hot
  5. hot weather: the heat of summer
  6. intensity of feeling; passion: the heat of rage
  7. pressure: the political heat on the government over the economy
  8. the most intense or active part: the heat of the battle
  9. a period or condition of sexual excitement in female mammals that occurs at oestrus
  10. a preliminary eliminating contest in a competition
  11. a single section of a contest
  12. slang police activity after a crime: the heat is off
  13. chiefly US slang criticism or abuse: he took a lot of heat for that mistake
  14. in the heat of the momentwithout pausing to think
  15. on heat, in heat
    Also: in season (of some female mammals) sexually receptive
  16. in a state of sexual excitement
vb
  1. to make or become hot or warm
  2. to make or become excited or intense
Etymology: Old English hǣtu; related to hāt hot, Old Frisian hēte heat, Old High German heizī
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