- 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; temperature: moderate heat.
- 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.
- added or external energy that causes a rise in temperature, expansion, evaporation, or other physical change.
- Physics. a 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.
- a sharp, pungent flavor, as that produced by strong spices.
- warmth or intensity of feeling; vehemence; 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. intensified pressure, especially in a police investigation.
- Slang. the police.
- Slang. armed protection, especially 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, especially females.
- the period or duration of such receptiveness: to be in heat.
- to make hot or warm (often followed by up).
- to excite emotionally; inflame or rouse with passion.
- to become hot or warm (often followed 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.
Origin of heat
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Examples from the Web for heat
Remove from heat and stir in the walnuts, rum, powdered sugar, and salt until fully incorporated.
Heat the rum in a small skillet over medium until reduce by half.
Turn the heat down to 325°F and continue cooking until internal temperature reads 140°F on a thermometer.
While the pork is resting, heat a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil.
Mrs. Beale remarked that it wasn't the heat that bothered us so, but the humidity.
But its prisoners were not exempt from its heat, like certain holy ones of old.
Then he ventured into the heat and glare of Broadway where humanity stewed and wilted.
When he had come too near he had been driven away by the heat.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
There is a coolness amid all the heat, a mildness in the blazing noon.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- the energy transferred as a result of a difference in temperature
- the random kinetic energy of the atoms, molecules, or ions in a substance or body
- the sensation caused in the body by heat energy; warmth
- the state or quality of being hot
- hot weatherthe heat of summer
- intensity of feeling; passionthe heat of rage
- pressurethe political heat on the government over the economy
- the most intense or active partthe 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 crimethe heat is off
- mainly US slang criticism or abusehe took a lot of heat for that mistake
- in the heat of the moment without pausing to think
- on heat or in heat
- Also: in season(of some female mammals) sexually receptive
- in a state of sexual excitement
- the heat slang the police
- turn up the heat or turn on the heat informal to increase the intensity of activity, coercion, etc
- to make or become hot or warm
- to make or become excited or intense
Word Origin and History for heat
Old English hætu, hæto "heat, warmth; fervor ardor," from Proto-Germanic *haiti- "heat" (cf. Old Saxon hittia, Old Norse hiti, Old Frisian hete, German hitze "heat," Gothic heito "fever"), from PIE *kaid-, from root *kai- "heat." The same root is the source of Old English hat "hot" and hæða "hot weather" (see hot).
Meaning "a single course in a race," especially a horse race, is from 1660s, perhaps from earlier figurative sense of "violent action; a single intense effort" (late 14c.), or meaning "run given to a horse to prepare for a race" (1570s). This later expanded to "division of a race or contest when there are too many contestants to run at once," the winners of each heat then competing in a final race. Meaning "sexual excitement in animals" is from 1768. Meaning "trouble with the police" attested by 1920. Heat wave "period of excessive hot weather" first attested 1890; earlier in reference to solar cycles.
- A form of energy associated with the motion of atoms or molecules and capable of being transmitted through solid and fluid media by conduction, through fluid media by convection, and through empty space by radiation.
- The sensation or perception of such energy as warmth or hotness.
- An abnormally high bodily temperature, as from a fever.
- Internal energy that is transferred to a physical system from outside the system because of a difference in temperature and does not result in work done by the system on its surroundings. Absorption of energy by a system as heat takes the form of increased kinetic energy of its molecules, thus resulting in an increase in temperature of the system. Heat is transferred from one system to another in the direction of higher to lower temperature. See also thermodynamics. See Note at temperature.
- See estrus.