fever

noun
fe·ver | \ ˈfē-vər \

Definition of fever 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a rise of body temperature above the normal

b : any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom

2a : a state of heightened or intense emotion or activity

b : a contagious usually transient enthusiasm : craze

fever

verb
fevered; fevering\ˈfē-vriŋ, ˈfe-vər-iŋ \

Definition of fever (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to throw into a fever : agitate

intransitive verb

: to contract or be in a fever : become feverish

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Examples of fever in a Sentence

Noun

The symptoms of the disease include headache and fever. We waited in a fever of anticipation. He had us all in a fever with worry.
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These include the bacterial infection anaplasmosis, which can lead to symptoms like fever, nausea, vomiting, and more, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can cause similar issues along with a splotchy rash, and other illnesses. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Two of the four rescued Monday have mild fevers, the secretary said in a statement. Fox News, "Mission accomplished and boys healthy, rescuers head home," 13 July 2018 These symptoms can be accompanied by fever, bleeding, and painful urination. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "An STD You’ve Never Heard of Could Be the Next Superbug," 12 July 2018 Within 12 to 72 hours after infection, fever, stomach aches and diarrhea begins. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Recalled cereal in expanding salmonella outbreak illegally still being sold, FDA says," 12 July 2018 This can cause fever, bloody urine, jaundice, rash, convulsions and, in rare cases, death. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Spider Must Pay to Leave Infested Apartment — As Couple Worries About New Renters," 11 July 2018 This presents are large lumps or bumps within the tattoo, skin breakdown, fevers, chills, and redness, among other symptoms. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "How To Take Care of A Tattoo: 9 Tattoo Care Tips You Should Know," 9 July 2018 Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease usually begin two to 10 days after exposure and can include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and headaches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Mich. Legionnaires' disease, Pontiac fever cases up amid warmer temps," 9 July 2018 Hepatitis A symptoms include: sudden abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, headache, dark urine, and vomiting followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hepatitis A case prompts National City treatment center warning," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Proponents also argue that there is little evidence that fever itself, even a high fever, is harmful. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "If Fever Helps Fight Infection, Should I Avoid Fever-Reducing Drugs?," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of fever

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1606, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for fever

Noun

Middle English, from Old English fēfer, from Latin febris

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The first known use of fever was before the 12th century

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fever

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fever

: a body temperature that is higher than normal

: a disease that causes an increase in body temperature

: a state of excited emotion or activity

fever

noun
fe·ver | \ ˈfē-vər \

Kids Definition of fever

1 : a body temperature that is higher than normal

2 : a disease involving fever

fever

noun
fe·ver | \ ˈfē-vər \

Medical Definition of fever 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a rise of body temperature above the normal whether a natural response (as to infection) or artificially induced for therapeutic reasons

2 : an abnormal bodily state characterized by increased production of heat, accelerated heart action and pulse, and systemic debility with weakness, loss of appetite, and thirst

3 : any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom

fever

verb
fevered; fevering\ˈfēv-(ə-)riŋ \

Medical Definition of fever (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to affect with fever the malarial plasmodia fevered him

intransitive verb

: to contract or be in a fever : be or become feverish the malaria victim fevered intermittently

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