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Origin of sweltering
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Origin of swelter
Examples from the Web for sweltering
Basosila Botala is wearing a blue rain jacket despite the sweltering heat.
With sweltering hot temperatures, constant sweat was normal.
The urban population abandons the sweltering cities and heads to the beach for the month.
After a sweltering day of Republican head-scratching, the Iowa GOP chose its least popular candidate as a Congressional nominee.
Griffin wore a Captain America costume, complete with a mask, which he was nearly unbearable in the sweltering heat.Crucifixes, Gorillas, and Adult Diapers: My March Against Gay Marriage|Olivia Nuzzi|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was, indeed, one of the perfect days that come sometimes to break the heat of sweltering midsummer.Bert Wilson at the Wheel|J. W. Duffield
Difficulties began as soon as he reached the sweltering, steaming forest region.The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)|Thomas C. Dawson
After a sweltering day the sky is wonderfully brilliant with stars, the air undisturbed by even the faintest zephyr.Lines in Pleasant Places|William Senior
Jaffery spent most of the sweltering hours of daylight (it was a blazing summer) in playing golf on the local course.Jaffery|William J. Locke
Cars full of screaming babies, sweltering tourists, and falling cinders that sting like dumb mosquitoes.Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska|Charles Warren Stoddard
Word Origin for swelter
c.1400, frequentative of swelten "be faint (especially with heat)," late 14c., from Old English sweltan "to die," from Proto-Germanic *swel- (cf. Old Saxon sweltan "to die," Old Norse svelta "to put to death, starve," Gothic sviltan "to die"), originally "to burn slowly," hence "to be overcome with heat or fever;" also the source of Old English swelan "to burn," from PIE root *swel- (2) "to shine, beam" (see Selene). For specialization of words meaning "to die," cf. starve. Related: Sweltered; sweltering.