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white-hot

[hwahyt-hot, wahyt-]
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adjective
  1. extremely hot.
  2. showing white heat.
  3. exceedingly enthusiastic, ardent, angry, devoted, etc.; impassioned; perfervid: a fierce, white-hot loyalty to the king.
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Origin of white-hot

First recorded in 1810–20
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Historical Examples

  • Macdonald strode to the forge and took out the bar of white-hot iron.

  • Grant it but a chink or keyhole, and it shot in like a white-hot arrow.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Blake started up the hillside, his pale eyes like white-hot steel.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • We may raise the temperature, say, of iron, until it is white-hot.

  • Instantly a white-hot excitement flared from end to end of the car.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris


British Dictionary definitions for white-hot

white-hot

adjective
  1. at such a high temperature that white light is emitted
  2. informal in a state of intense emotion
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