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 Only people with symptoms, like coughing and fever, were told to wear masks. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Can a business require you to wear a face mask to enter in Indiana? What you should know," 29 May 2020 The 10 patients all came to the hospital after having three to seven days of mild cough and fever. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Blood clots fill lungs of black coronavirus victims, study finds," 27 May 2020 After initially testing negative for the coronavirus, his high school-age son developed a cough and fever, too. Erin Griffith, BostonGlobe.com, "When the CEO, already facing a crisis, gets the coronavirus," 26 May 2020 Most people infected by the coronavirus have mild or moderate symptoms, such as cough and fever, that clear up in two or three weeks. Washington Post, "State officials eye piece of county coronavirus relief funds," 22 May 2020 The boy was admitted into a hospital in Bursa with a cough and fever on April 23 and later placed in isolation with his father. Fox News, "Ex-Turkish soccer player confessed to killing 5-year-old son in hospital, officials say," 14 May 2020 Some doctors described situations in which patients show up with clear symptoms such as a cough and fever, test negative, and then test positive later on. Kristen V Brown, Bloomberg.com, "False Negatives Raise Doctors' Doubts About Coronavirus Tests," 7 May 2020 Prisoners who show minor symptoms, such as cough and fever, stay in the prison with regular monitoring. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Tennessee ramps up coronavirus testing in prisons, but not considering prisoner release," 5 May 2020 The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Eve Sneider, Wired, "Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As of last Thursday, Young is back home and fever free. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "In their own words: What it feels like to have coronavirus," 15 Apr. 2020 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 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fever. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for fever

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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