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verb \ˈhēt\

Simple Definition of heat

  • : to cause (something) to become warm or hot

Full Definition of heat

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become warm or hot

  3. 2 :  to start to spoil from heat

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make warm or hot

  6. 2 :  excite

heat·able play \ˈhē-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of heat

  1. I heated the vegetables in the microwave.

  2. They heat their house with a wood stove.

Origin of heat

Middle English heten, from Old English hǣtan; akin to Old English hāt hot

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of heat

  • : energy that causes things to become warmer

  • : hot weather or temperatures

  • : the level of temperature that is used to cook something

Full Definition of heat

  1. 1 a (1) :  a condition of being hot :  warmth (2) :  a marked or notable degree of hotness b :  pathological excessive bodily temperature c :  a hot place or situation d (1) :  a period of heat (2) :  a single complete operation of heating; also :  the quantity of material so heated e (1) :  added energy that causes substances to rise in temperature, fuse, evaporate, expand, or undergo any of various other related changes, that flows to a body by contact with or radiation from bodies at higher temperatures, and that can be produced in a body (as by compression) (2) :  the energy associated with the random motions of the molecules, atoms, or smaller structural units of which matter is composed f :  appearance, condition, or color of a body as indicating its temperature

  2. 2 a :  intensity of feeling or reaction :  passion b :  the height or stress of an action or condition <in the heat of battle> c :  sexual excitement especially in a female mammal; specifically :  estrus

  3. 3 :  a single continuous effort: as a :  a single round of a contest (as a race) having two or more rounds for each contestant b :  one of several preliminary contests held to eliminate less competent contenders

  4. 4 :  pungency of flavor

  5. 5 a slang (1) :  the intensification of law-enforcement activity or investigation (2) :  police b :  pressure, coercion c :  abuse, criticism <took heat for her mistakes>

  6. 6 :  smoke 8

  7. 7 slang :  gun 1b

heat·less play \ˈhēt-ləs\ adjective
heat·proof play \-ˌprüf\ adjective

Examples of heat

  1. The sun's heat melted the snow.

  2. the intense heat of a fire

  3. She applied heat to the sore muscles in her leg.

  4. a period of high heat and humidity

  5. The crops were damaged by drought and extreme heat.

  6. Cook the milk over low heat.

  7. Remove the pan from the heat.

Origin of heat

Middle English hete, from Old English hǣte, hǣtu; akin to Old English hāt hot

First Known Use: before 12th century

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