heated; heating; heats
: to become warm or hot
water heating in a kettle
: to start to spoil from heat
: to make warm or hot
heat a can of soup
heat the oven to 350 degrees
: a condition of being hot : warmth
snow melting in the heat of the sun
: a marked or notable degree of hotness
The heat was intense.
: pathological excessive bodily temperature
the heat of the fever
: a hot place or situation
get out of the heat
: a period of heat
an unbroken heat
: a single complete operation of making something warm or hot
also : the quantity of material so heated
physics : added energy that causes substances to rise in temperature, fuse, evaporate, expand, or undergo any of various other related changes, that flows to a body by contact with or radiation from bodies at higher temperatures, and that can be produced in a body (as by compression)
physics : the energy associated with the random motions of the molecules, atoms, or smaller structural units of which matter is composed
: appearance, condition, or color of something as indicating its temperature
when the rod is at the proper welding heat
: a single continuous effort: such as
: a single round of a contest (such as a race) having two or more rounds for each contestant
won two heats out of three
: one of several preliminary contests held to eliminate less competent contenders
won the second heat but finished third in the final race
: pungency of flavor
Add some cayenne pepper for extra heat.
Verb I heated the vegetables in the microwave. They heat their house with a wood stove. Noun The sun's heat melted the snow. the intense heat of a fire She applied heat to the sore muscles in her leg. a period of high heat and humidity The crops were damaged by drought and extreme heat. Cook the milk over low heat. Remove the pan from the heat. See More
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VerbEarlier this month, Scott vetoed legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging Vermonters to move away from using fossil fuels to heat their homes. —Wilson Ring, BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2023 In addition to offering handy functions like spray-cleansing and an air drying feature, many smart toilets are able to automatically flush the toilet after you're finished, as well as automatically close and open the lid, self-clean the toilet bowl after every flush and heat the toilet seat. —Olivia Lipski, goodhousekeeping.com, 5 May 2023 The labor market heated back up last month as employers added a more-than-expected 253,000 jobs, according to fresh data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. —From Cnn's Alicia Wallace, Krystal Hur And Bryan Mena, CNN, 5 May 2023 In the jury trial's 15 weeks, heated legal disputes, regular bickering between attorneys and plain bad luck caused extensive delays to the proceeding that was once projected to last just six weeks. —Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 4 May 2023 The ban also extends to heating oil and propane, raising questions about the future of these fuels in New York state’s more rural communities. —Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2023 The rooftop infinity pool and adjacent observation deck have runway views — the planes are right there — and are both open year-round, with the water heated to 95 degrees in the winter. —Catherine Garcia, The Week, 29 Apr. 2023 In planning the experiment, the scientists needed to find a suitable material that could be heated and cooled uniformly and quickly and that exhibited a strong Casimir effect. —Manon Bischoff, Scientific American, 24 Apr. 2023 Positioned towards the sea, the bedroom is clad in custom marble and comes with not one but two bathrooms—each of which has heated floors and a soaking tub. —Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2023
NounStep 4Turn off heat; add remaining tablespoon canola oil, then eggs and cook, stirring constantly, until nearly set, 30 seconds to 1 minute. —Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2023 Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for northern portions of Alberta and portions of British Columbia, where high temperatures are forecast to reach the mid 80s. —Jennifer Gray, CNN, 15 May 2023 Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through, stirring the soup occasionally. —Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 May 2023 Relatively high overnight temperatures for the next several days mean homes that lack air conditioning will retain heat, preventing some residents from getting sufficient relief. —Lisa Moreno, oregonlive, 15 May 2023 On Sunday, millions of Thais lined up in roughly 100-degree heat to cast their vote. —Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, 14 May 2023 Climate: Scientists warn an El Niño is likely coming that could bring scorching heat to Earth. —USA TODAY, 14 May 2023 Traeger has quickly become a top name in the grilling game thanks to its hybrid grill/smoker design that uses wood pellets as a heat source—and right now, some of our favorite Traeger grills are up to $200 off on Amazon. —Ellen Mcalpine, menshealth.com, 13 May 2023 Some of these blooms are heat tolerant, while others can make it through the winter unscathed. —House Beautiful, 12 May 2023 See More
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