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heat wave

or heat·wave

[heet-weyv]
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noun
  1. an air mass of high temperature covering an extended area and moving relatively slowly.
  2. a period of abnormally hot and usually humid weather.
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Origin of heat wave

First recorded in 1875–80
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Historical Examples

  • We were in a furnace—a heat-wave in which we were like to drown.

    Hesperothen; Notes from the West, Vol. 1 (of 2)

    W. H. Russell

  • The first touched upon an untimely, although welcome, heat-wave.

  • The heat-wave had put forward the almanac, and the Newport season was in full swing nearly a month in advance of its usual date.

  • Because, five weeks later, there was a heat-wave in the Red Sea, and everybody took off all the clothes they had.

    Just So Stories

    Rudyard Kipling


British Dictionary definitions for heat wave

heat wave

noun
  1. a continuous spell of abnormally hot weather
  2. (not in technical use) an extensive slow-moving air mass at a relatively high temperature
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