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.
- fe·ver·less, adjective
- un·fe·vered, adjective
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How to use fever in a sentence
These may include pain at the injection site, fever and chills.New Pfizer vaccine appears 90 percent effective against COVID-19 | Erin Garcia de Jesus | November 10, 2020 | Science News For Students
Moreover, drinking contaminated water can cause health issues such as stomach pain, headaches, fever and kidney failure, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.When to replace smoke detectors, sponges, pillows and more, according to experts | Daniel Bortz | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Burning up with fever, Susan stuffed her thick, long brown hair into a hazmat suit stuffed with ice packs to say goodbye to her mom.After losing two loved ones to covid-19, I turned to books. Here are 15 titles that helped me cope. | Zibby Owens | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
The vaccine does cause some mild to moderate symptoms, such as pain at the injection site, fever and chills.Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective, preliminary trial data show | Erin Garcia de Jesus | November 9, 2020 | Science News
What’s more, the vaccine causes side effects—aches and fevers—that may be worse than those that are sometimes suffered by people taking Pfizer’s pneumonia or flu vaccines, Pfizer vaccine research chief William Gruber told Stat.Pfizer’s blockbuster vaccine report flips the markets on their head—pandemic stocks sink, nearly everything else soars | David Meyer | November 9, 2020 | Fortune
Your move, supposedly not Tea-Party-fevered Governor John Kasich.
By then, dripping with fevered sweat, she would have been inarguably contagious.
All but in the fevered dreams of power mad politicians and their deluded followers is a world without immigration possible.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero | Rich Goldstein | August 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Since then, his fundraising, driven in the heat of the moment by fevered anti-government activists, has “dropped sharply.”
Your cubicle mates pouring over their brackets with all of the serious intent and fevered diligence of Talmudic scholars.
But he could not bear the reflection, and with fevered impatience, he hurried through the business of the morning.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
He laid himself down again, and she reached him the gruel, which proved a great relief to his parched and fevered throat.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
He returned unsteadily to his chair, and sat staring straight into the embers, his hands to his hot, fevered brow.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
But morning broke at last, and the cool air once more played over my heated and fevered frame, and refreshed me.Confessions of a Thug | Philip Meadows Taylor
The fevered mules plunged in headlong and drank greedily; the riders were perforce obliged to slake their thirst after them.Overland | John William De Forest
British Dictionary definitions for fever
an abnormally high body temperature, accompanied by a fast pulse rate, dry skin, etc: Related adjectives: febrile, pyretic
any of various diseases, such as yellow fever or scarlet fever, characterized by a high temperature
intense nervous excitement or agitation: she was in a fever about her party
(tr) to affect with or as if with fever
- fevered, adjective
- feverless, adjective
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Scientific definitions for fever
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.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fever
see cabin fever; run a fever.
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