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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But Panay insists that this new 2-in-1 device is not the offspring of anything else—not the Surface RT, not the Surface 3, and not the Surface Mini (which served as a kind of fever-dream notepad for Panay, but never shipped). Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future," 9 July 2018 The seven-minute video, found on Facebook and YouTube, is a fever dream of sugar and sass, challenging the Fab Five to create cupcake versions of their co-stars. Joseph Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "This 7-minute 'Queer Eye' and 'Nailed It' mashup is all you need in your life," 29 June 2018 The fever dream of 1990 was slowly becoming a reality. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "World Cup with no U.S. is a metaphor for what's wrong in America right now | Will Bunch," 12 June 2018 Yes, a Super Bowl run in Detroit sounds like a fever dream. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Sprinting worked for the Patriots. Why not for Matt Patricia's Lions?," 11 June 2018 From Daytona to the Everglades to the Keys, from Universal Studios to the Fountain of Youth, Florida is a fever dream, an unreliable narrator. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 The whole absurd fever dream was always a way for the ruling class to feel better about losing power in 2016. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Trump propaganda is even worse than you think on Fox News these nights," 17 May 2018 The piece by Cirque du Soleil artist Ana Cuellar features eight performances tied together as the fever dream of the writer who imagines these scenes to life. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: Luna - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 The only alternative to working within the parameters of the existing agreement to keep Iran verifiably nuke-free is the war of Bolton’s and other unreconstructed neocons’ fever dreams. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Buys Netanyahu’s Bad Case for Abandoning the Iran Deal," 1 May 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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