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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Salmonella causes fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Wide Recalls Are Latest Jolt to Food-Supply Chain," 22 Oct. 2018 Croup can also cause a fever, a hoarse voice, and difficult or noisy breathing. Korin Miller, SELF, "HGTV's Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Son Was Hospitalized for Croup," 16 Oct. 2018 If heat exhaustion isn’t treated quickly, the patient can have a heat stroke, which causes a high fever, profuse sweating and hallucinations, among other symptoms. Maria Elena Vizcaino, OrlandoSentinel.com, "With the heat index rising, here's how to stay cool this summer," 22 June 2018 In other words, anticholinergic medications can cause confusion and/or delirium, dry mouth, visual impairment, fever, and flushing. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "So, Uh, Is It Bad If I’ve Been Taking My Allergy Meds for 10 Years Straight?," 17 May 2018 Ebola virus disease causes fever, pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and unexplained hemorrhaging. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "New Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo," 8 May 2018 The mumps virus causes fever, aches and pains, and puffy cheeks from swollen salivary glands. Jonathan Lapook, CBS News, "Highly contagious mumps virus strikes among vaccinated young adults," 21 Mar. 2018 The organism may cause high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea in otherwise healthy people and miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Ice cream bars recalled from dozens of chain stores due to listeria concerns," 12 Jan. 2018 Exposure to the bacteria could cause Listeria, a very serious infection that causes fever, muscle aches and fatigue. Kelley Rowland, Woman's Day, "Listeria Scare Leads to National Fruit Recall," 23 July 2014

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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