- 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.
Origin of warmup
First recorded in 1840–50; noun use of verb phrase warm up
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