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fever

noun fe·ver \ ˈfē-vər \

Definition of fever

1 a :a rise of body temperature above the normal
b :any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom
2 a :a state of heightened or intense emotion or activity
b :a contagious usually transient enthusiasm :craze

Examples of fever in a Sentence

  1. The symptoms of the disease include headache and fever.

  2. We waited in a fever of anticipation.

  3. He had us all in a fever with worry.

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Origin and Etymology of fever

Middle English, from Old English fēfer, from Latin febris


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fever

verb

Definition of fever

fevered; fevering play \ˈfē-vriŋ, ˈfe-vər-iŋ\
transitive verb
:to throw into a fever :agitate
intransitive verb
:to contract or be in a fever :become feverish

First Known Use of fever

1606



FEVER Defined for English Language Learners

fever

noun

Definition of fever for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

fever

noun fe·ver \ ˈfē-vər \

Definition of fever for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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fever

noun fe·ver \ ˈfē-vər \

medical Definition of fever

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

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fever

verb

medical Definition of fever

fevered; fevering play \ˈfēv-(ə-)riŋ\
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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