fever

noun
fe·​ver | \ ˈfē-vər How to pronounce fever (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fevering (audio) , 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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What if the fever in the middle of the night is a sign of a life-threatening illness? Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "What to Expect When You’re Expecting Evil," 6 July 2019 Temperature tends to be relative — the air is below freezing, her fever is above normal. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "What Does Absolute Zero Mean?," 30 June 2019 In the meantime, hemp fever is raging among some Texas farmers who have suffered through a decade of declining income and are desperate to find a new money crop. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Hemp rush begins on West Texas farms," 29 June 2019 West Nile fever is a zoonotic disease that was diagnosed also by a veterinary pathologist named Tracey McNamara. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Meet the scientist who took on the first Ebola scare in the U.S.," 2 May 2019 Royal baby fever isn't over yet, as the world awaits the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first child. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Is the Definition of Precious in Her Fourth Birthday Portraits Shot by Kate Middleton," 1 May 2019 The parents, who said the boy was improving after his fever broke, refused repeated requests by officers to open the door, so authorities got a court order allowing them to take temporary custody of the boy. Jacques Billeaud, The Seattle Times, "Police in Arizona kick in door to bring sick boy to hospital," 29 Mar. 2019 Jeremy has endured intense pain in his arms and legs, fever, a distended stomach, bulging eyes and pneumonia. courant.com, "Sickle Cell Patients Suffer As Disparities In Care, Research Persist," 11 May 2018 Three months into her job, Omido's infant son, King David, starting vomiting frequently, his fever spiking daily. Deborah Bloom, CNN, "The woman risking her life to save a village from lead poisoning," 20 Apr. 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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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 How to pronounce fever (audio) \

Kids Definition of fever

1 : a body temperature that is higher than normal
2 : a disease involving fever

fever

noun
fe·​ver | \ ˈfē-vər How to pronounce fever (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fevering (audio) \

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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