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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In clinical trials, a significant proportion of people taking givosiran still experienced serious side effects, including chronic kidney disease, a high fever, and abnormal results on liver function tests. Kate Sheridan, STAT, "FDA approves Alnylam’s Givlaari, second-ever drug based on RNAi," 20 Nov. 2019 The previously healthy 16-year-old boy checked into the hospital after developing a fever, cough, and breathing problems that did not improve after a week of antibiotic treatment. Time, "Vaping May Be Worse for Heart Health Than Tobacco Cigarettes, New Study Finds," 11 Nov. 2019 People who get sick from salmonella typically develop a fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps about 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Salmonella linked to ground beef that's being recalled," 1 Nov. 2019 Her 6-year-old started vomiting and developed a fever and diarrhea after his brother and father became sick during a vacation. Tom Murphy, The Denver Post, "Doctors turn to thumbs for diagnosis and treatment by text," 13 Oct. 2019 However, a small percentage of people – roughly 1 in 5 – develop a fever and may additionally experience headaches, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash, among other signs of the virus. Fox News, "Arizona leads country in West Nile virus deaths: CDC," 11 Oct. 2019 Her 6-year-old started vomiting and developed a fever and diarrhea after his brother and father became sick during a vacation. Washington Post, "Doctors turn to thumbs for diagnosis and treatment by text," 8 Oct. 2019 Her 6-year-old started vomiting and developed a fever and diarrhea after his brother and father became sick during a vacation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Doctors turn to thumbs for diagnosis and treatment by text," 8 Oct. 2019 It is estimated that less than 2% of people who get a flu shot will develop a fever. Libby Richards, Quartz, "The common myth that stops people from getting their flu shot," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Of those that do, fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes) are the most common symptoms of Zika virus. Rob Picheta, CNN, "First native Zika cases in Europe confirmed as experts warn climate change could bring more," 7 Nov. 2019 For the final quarter of their set, the band’s fevered, crunchy improvisations bred a full-on dance party, with fans of all ages getting in on the fun. Natalie Weiner, Billboard, "Herbie Hancock & Cecile McLorin Salvant Among 9 Best Moments at 2019 Newport Jazz Festival," 5 Aug. 2019 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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fever.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fever?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=fever001. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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fever

noun
How to pronounce fever (audio)

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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