adjective, warm·er, warm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to prepare for a game, sports contest, dance, etc., by moderate exercise or practice beforehand.
- to increase in excitement, intensity, violence, etc.: The racial situation was warming up.
- to become friendlier or more receptive: No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't warm up to that proposal.
- Radio and Television.to entertain (an audience) prior to a broadcast to increase receptiveness.
Origin of warm
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Examples from the Web for warming
Contemporary Examples of warming
Both the Republicans in Congress and the American-Cuban community in exile have been speaking out against the warming relations.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
Warming to his theme, Argiros adds, “All human life passes through here- the good bad and the ugly.”Inside New York’s Most Powerful Diner
October 31, 2014
We need to figure out a way to feed a growing population on a warming planet.Whole Foods' Anti-GMO Swindle
September 15, 2014
Her “random act of kindness” has struck a chord with people across the country, warming hearts and giving hope.Fancy Pants Dance, World Cup Poseurs, and More Viral Videos
July 5, 2014
According to a recent poll, 67 percent of Americans agree that there is “solid evidence that the earth is warming.”Obama’s New Emissions Rules Will Yank the Climate Change Debate Back Into Reality
June 2, 2014
Historical Examples of warming
The chapter on "Warming Over" will be very useful also to this large class.Culture and Cooking
Coqueville was always there, in the sun, warming itself like a lazy lizard.The Fte At Coqueville
He was warming the beef broth in a saucepan on the stove when Emily appeared.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
She told a great deal, warming to her subject as she proceeded.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
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Kate took the child and fed her from a feeding-bottle which had been warming on the oven top.The Manxman
Word Origin for warm
Old English wyrman "make warm" and wearmian "become warm;" from the root of warm (adj.). Phrase warm the bench is sports jargon first recorded 1907. Warm up (v.) "exercise before an activity" is attested from 1868. In reference to appliances, motors, etc., attested from 1947. Noun phrase warm-up "act or practice of warming up" is recorded from 1915. Related: Warmed; warming.
SCOTCH WARMING PAN. A wench. [Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1788]
Old English wearm, from Proto-Germanic *warmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German warm, Old Norse varmr, Gothic warmjan "to warm"), from PIE *gwher- (cf. Sanskrit gharmah "heat;" Old Persian Garmapada-, name of the fourth month, corresponding to June/July, from garma- "heat;" Armenian jerm "warm;" Greek thermos "warm;" Latin formus "warm," fornax "oven;" Old Irish fogeir "heated;" Hittite war- "to burn"). The root also may be connected to that of Old Church Slavonic goriti "to burn," varu "heat," variti "to cook, boil;" and Lithuanian verdu "to seethe."
The distinction, based on degree of heat, between "warm" and "hot" is general in Balto-Slavic and Germanic, but in other languages one word often covers both (cf. Latin calidus, Greek thermos, French chaud, Spanish caliente). In reference to feelings, etc., attested from late 15c. Sense in guessing games first recorded 1860, from earlier hunting use in reference to scent or trail (1713). Warm-blooded in reference to mammals is recorded from 1793. Warm-hearted first recorded c.1500.
In addition to the idioms beginning with warm
- warm as toast
- warm heart
- warm the bench
- warm the cockles of one's heart
- warm up
- warm welcome
- cold hands, warm heart
- look like death (warmed over)