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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
heat /hit/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- the condition or quality of being hot:[uncountable]Heat rises.
- degree of hotness;
- the sensation of warmth:[uncountable]I could feel the heat from her skin.
- a source of warmth, as a stove:[uncountable]Stand closer to the heat if you're cold.
- hot weather or climate;
a period of such hot weather:[uncountable; often: the + ~]The heat will be with us for a few days.
- Food sharp, pungent flavor;
spiciness:[uncountable]the heat of chili peppers.
- warmth or intensity of feeling;
passion:[uncountable]He answered the charges with heat.
- a point of greatest intensity, excitement, or other emotion:[uncountable; often: in + the + ~ + of]in the heat of battle.
- 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?
- Sport[countable] a single division of a contest, esp. a race in which competitors qualify for entry in the final race or contest.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
(hēt),USA pronunciation n.
- the state of a body perceived as having or generating a relatively high degree of warmth.
- the condition or quality of being hot:the heat of an oven.
- the degree of hotness;
- the sensation of warmth or hotness:unpleasant heat.
- a bodily temperature higher than normal:the heat of a fever; the feeling of heat caused by physical exertion.
- Physicsadded or external energy that causes a rise in temperature, expansion, evaporation, or other physical change.
- 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
- a hot condition of the atmosphere or physical environment;
hot season or weather.
- a period of hot weather.
- Fooda sharp, pungent flavor, as that produced by strong spices.
- warmth or intensity of feeling;
passion:He spoke with much heat and at great length.
- maximum intensity in an activity, condition, etc.;
the height of any action, situation, or the like:the heat of battle; the heat of passion.
- extreme pressure, as of events, resulting in tension or strain:In the heat of his hasty departure he forgot his keys.
- a single intense effort;
a sustained, concentrated, and continuous operation:The painting was finished at a heat.
- Slang Termsintensified pressure, esp. in a police investigation.
- Slang Termsthe police.
- Slang Termsarmed protection, esp. a pistol, revolver, or other firearm:All guards carry some heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- sexual receptiveness in animals, esp. females.
- the period or duration of such receptiveness:to be in heat.
- to make hot or warm (often fol. by up).
- to excite emotionally;
inflame or rouse with passion.
- to become hot or warm (often fol. by up).
- to become excited emotionally.
- heat up, to increase or become more active or intense:Business competition will heat up toward the end of the year.
- 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
- the energy transferred as a result of a difference in temperature
Related adjective(s): thermal, calorific
- the sensation caused in the body by heat energy; warmth
- the state or quality of being hot
- hot weather: the heat of summer
- intensity of feeling; passion: the heat of rage
- pressure: the political heat on the government over the economy
- the most intense or active part: the heat of the battle
- a period or condition of sexual excitement in female mammals that occurs at oestrus
- a preliminary eliminating contest in a competition
- a single section of a contest
- slang police activity after a crime: the heat is off
- chiefly US slang criticism or abuse: he took a lot of heat for that mistake
- in the heat of the moment ⇒ without pausing to think
- on heat, in heat ⇒
Also: in season (of some female mammals) sexually receptive
- in a state of sexual excitement
Etymology: Old English hǣtu; related to hāt hot, Old Frisian hēte heat, Old High German heizī
- to make or become hot or warm
- to make or become excited or intense
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