fever

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noun

fe·​ver ˈfē-vər How to pronounce fever (audio)
1
a
: a rise of body temperature above the normal
b
: any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom
2
a
: a state of heightened or intense emotion or activity
b
: a contagious usually transient enthusiasm : craze

fever

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verb

fevered; fevering ˈfē-vriŋ How to pronounce fever (audio)
ˈfe-vər-iŋ

transitive verb

: to throw into a fever : agitate

intransitive verb

: to contract or be in a fever : become feverish

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The potential pivot—which the Post attributed to several unnamed CDC officials—would reduce the isolation time after a COVID diagnosis from five days to just 24 hours without a fever. Julia Landwehr, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 Public health agencies’ recommendations The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still adheres to stricter guidelines, stating that people with symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, including cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea, should stay home. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 This whole Taylor and Travis relationship is like a Hallmark movie fever dream. Sherry Kuehl, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 Symptoms among people who are pregnant are typically mild and include fever, and flu-like symptoms, such as muscle aches and fatigue. TIME, 7 Feb. 2024 The early symptoms of measles, which may occur days before a rash appears, include fever, a runny nose, cough and red eyes. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 The vibe check on its website is giving Mojo Dojo Casa House mixed with Red Bull fever dreams. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 2 Feb. 2024 Measles typically begins with high fever (which could spike to more than 104 degrees), cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Some common symptoms of the active disease are: Cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer Pain in the chest Coughing up blood or mucus Weakness or fatigue Loss of appetite Chills, fever, night sweats Is there a vaccine? Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024
Verb
Visits to fever clinics fell 96.2%, from a peak of 2.867 million on Dec. 22 to 110,000 on Jan. 23. Reuters, NBC News, 26 Jan. 2023 Despite ongoing health reforms, access to everything from ventilators to fever medicine remains scant for the 500 million people who live in the countryside. Olivia Wang, New York Times, 6 Jan. 2023 Adverse reactions can include pain and swelling in the injection site, fatigue, crankiness, sleepiness, headache, muscle aches and sometimes fever. Katia Hetter, CNN, 14 Dec. 2022 The Frisian longing for the Eflstdentocht is so visceral there is a name for it: elfstedenkoorts, or eleven cities fever. Raphael Kadushin, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Mar. 2022 Patients complained of pneumonia-like symptoms, shortness of breath, cough and chest pain, and also fever, stomach pain and diarrhea. Troy Farah, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021 The only treatment available for sick children is at-home supportive care, which includes keeping them hydrated and sometimes fever medication. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2022 Enterovirus D68 causes symptoms that mirror those of common colds, with cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and sometimes fever. Carma Hassan, CNN, 27 Sep. 2022 In the case of a severe asthma attack, seizure or fever in an infant, staff recommend going to the hospital’s emergency department. Amanda Zhou, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English fēfer, from Latin febris

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1606, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fever. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

fever

noun
fe·​ver
ˈfē-vər
1
a
: a rise of body temperature above the normal
b
: a disease of which fever is an important symptom
2
: a state of excited emotion or activity

Medical Definition

fever

1 of 2 noun
fe·​ver ˈfē-vər How to pronounce fever (audio)
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

2 of 2 verb
fevered; fevering ˈfēv-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce fever (audio)

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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