fever [ fee-ver ] SHOW IPA / ˈfi vər / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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. verb (used with object) to affect with or as with fever: The excitement fevered him. QUIZZES DIVE INTO THIS BALMY SUMMERTIME SPELLING QUIZ
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Origin of fever
before 1000; Middle English; Old English
fefer < Latin febr- (stem of febris) fever; reinforced by Anglo-French fevre, Old French fievre < Latin, as above OTHER WORDS FROM fever fe·ver·less, adjective un·fe·vered, adjective Words nearby fever feudist
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Example sentences from the Web for fevering
A priest came out, wearing the Jacobin habit, one of those preaching friars who had been
fevering the blood of Paris.
He wanted no second experience of
fevering in Canada for a face in England.
She now sank down into a chair, wild and perturbed by all these new and
fevering sequences. British Dictionary definitions for fevering noun 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 verb (tr) to affect with or as if with fever Derived forms of fever fevered, adjective feverless, adjective Word Origin for fever
fēfor, from Latin febris
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Medical definitions for fevering n. 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.
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Scientific definitions for fevering 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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Idioms and Phrases with fevering
see cabin fever; run a fever.
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