- 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
Examples from the Web for heating
With Ebola still raging in West Africa, the race to find a vaccine is heating up.
We have no heating; there is no gas and it is very cold inside the prison.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is provided with best conditions for water supply, heating and ventilation.
And, always, global warming could push the cutworm moths north, out of the park, by heating up the region.
Winds can either compress other clouds, heating them up and making stars, or break those clouds up.
Allow the bulb and tube to cool, then repeat the heating once more.A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing|Bernard D. Bolas
And as she carried the attempt too far, I got angry, and heating with a charm the prongs of my trident, I marked her on the loins.The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
These are large, deep vessels, provided with copper steam coils in the bottom for the purpose of heating the juice.
On this account it has been customary to say that the red end of the spectrum was the heating end.The Telephone|A. E. Dolbear
In some of the walls the remains may be seen of terra-cotta pipes for heating the rooms.Old Rome|Robert Burn
British Dictionary definitions for heating (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for heating (2 of 2)
- 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
Medicine definitions for heating
Science definitions for heating
Culture definitions for heating
In physics, a form of energy associated with the movement of atoms and molecules in any material. The higher the temperature of a material, the faster the atoms are moving, and hence the greater the amount of energy present as heat. (See infrared radiation.)
Idioms and Phrases with heating
In addition to the idioms beginning with heat
- heat up
- dead heat
- in heat
- in the heat of the moment
- turn up the heat