- an abnormal condition of the body, characterized by undue rise in temperature, quickening of the pulse, and disturbance of various body functions.
- an abnormally high body temperature.
- the number of degrees of such a temperature above the normal.
- any of a group of diseases in which high temperature is a prominent symptom: scarlet fever.
- intense nervous excitement: The audience was in a fever of anticipation.
- to affect with or as with fever: The excitement fevered him.
Origin of fever
Examples from the Web for fever
The sets—which, really, were a feat of design and direction—appeared to be remnants of a Lewis Carroll fever dream.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life
December 5, 2014
Take Too Many Cooks: a fever dream of a segment that aired at 4:00am earlier this week.Jimmy Kimmel Pranks Kids (Again), Taylor Swift’s 1989 Aerobics, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
November 9, 2014
But there is no evidence Duncan had a fever, a symptom of the Ebola virus, when he entered the country.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 26
October 26, 2014
Around 11 a.m. Thursday, Spencer determined that he had developed a fever of 100.3.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
Nobody died from Ebola, or ISIS or Honduran children, unless it was in a goofball-induced, Louie Gohmert fever dream.The Fear About Things That Won't Kill Us Is Killing Us
October 25, 2014
Brother Mark of the Spicarium is sore smitten with a fever and could not come.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"I'll do it," I cried, no longer able to resist, for the fever of it was in my blood.The Bacillus of Beauty
"Yes, and catch their deaths of fever and ague," said Mrs. Bartlett.In the Midst of Alarms
He was all right when I left him, two hours ago, with not a sign of fever.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Not long after his arrival he had a slight attack of fever, which confined him to his bed.Biographical Stories
- an abnormally high body temperature, accompanied by a fast pulse rate, dry skin, etcRelated adjectives: febrile, pyretic
- any of various diseases, such as yellow fever or scarlet fever, characterized by a high temperature
- intense nervous excitement or agitationshe was in a fever about her party
- (tr) to affect with or as if with fever
Word Origin and History for fever
late Old English fefor, fefer "fever," from Latin febris "fever," related to fovere "to warm, heat," probably from PIE root *dhegh- "burn" (cf. Gothic dags, Old English dæg "day," originally "the heat"); but some suggest a reduplication of a root represented by Sanskrit *bhur- "to be restless."
Adopted into most Germanic languages (cf. German Fieber, Swedish feber, Danish feber), but not in Dutch. English spelling influenced by Old French fievre. Replaced Old English hriðing. Extended sense of "intense nervous excitement" is from 1580s.
- Body temperature above the normal of 98.6°F (37°C).pyrexia
- Any of various diseases in which there is an elevation of the body temperature above normal.
- A body temperature that is higher than normal. Fever is the body's natural response to the release of substances called pyrogens by infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses. The pyrogens stimulate the hypothalamus in the brain to conserve heat and increase the basal metabolic rate.