- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of heat
Synonyms for heat
Antonyms for heat
Related Words for heatfever, warmth, excitement, intensity, violence, toast, grill, thaw, ignite, sear, melt, warm, roast, broil, bake, steam, boil, reheat, torridity, swelter
Examples from the Web for heat
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of heat
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
- a preliminary eliminating contest in a competition
- a single section of a contest
- Also: in season(of some female mammals) sexually receptive
- in a state of sexual excitement
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with heat
- heat up
- dead heat
- in heat
- in the heat of the moment
- turn up the heat