or warm-up

[ wawrm-uhp ]
/ ˈwɔrmˌʌp /


an act or instance of warming up: The spectators came early to watch the players go through their warmups. The dancers went through a quick warmup.
the period before a radio or television broadcast when the audience is entertained so that it will be more receptive to the actual program.
Also warm up . the time lapse between turning on the power in an electronic component or device and the time it is operable.
Often warmups. any apparel, especially a sweat suit, worn over other clothing for warmth, chiefly in sports or during preliminary exercise.



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Origin of warmup

First recorded in 1840–50; noun use of verb phrase warm up
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British Dictionary definitions for warmup

warm up

verb (adverb)

noun warm-up

the act or an instance of warming up
a preparatory exercise routine
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Idioms and Phrases with warmup

warm up


Prepare for exercise or an athletic event by stretching or practicing beforehand, as in It's important to warm up before you play any sport. The idiom is also applied to musicians getting ready to perform. [Late 1800s]


Make enthusiastic, excited, or animated, as in He was good at warming up an audience for the main speaker. [Mid-1800s]


Also, warm up to. Become friendlier or more receptive toward, as in I had a hard time warming up to my mother-in-law. [Early 1800s]


Reach a temperature high enough to work efficiently, as in I'll go out and warm up the car. [Mid-1900s]


Reheat food, as in If we warm up the leftovers, we'll have enough for everyone. [Mid-1800s]


Approach a state of violence or confrontation, as in Racial tension was rapidly warming up. Also see heat up.

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