Definition of hectic
hecticallyplay \ˈhek-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb hectically busy
Examples of hectic in a Sentence
We both had hectic days at work.
She maintains a hectic schedule as a journalist and mother.
Recent Examples of hectic from the Web
For many of us, New York City might conjure up a hectic work life—
And this came a day after a hectic Home Run Derby on Monday night.
The hectic proliferation of tunnels, drifts, and galleries beneath the ground has been one agent of the town’s disappearance, as, over time, portions of it have simply vanished into sinkholes.
Their schedule in Columbus will be hectic each day.
The Associated Press spent part of Monday alongside Schwandt to provide a snapshot into the hectic work necessary in a region heavily reliant on air conditioning to beat the heat.
The former Hoosier shooting guard worked out for the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday along with five other NBA prospects, ending a hectic stretch of showcases.
However hectic life can get, carving out 10 minutes daily to practice mindfulness and self-awareness pays massive dividends in productivity and personal relationships.
The view and the deck can make an otherwise hectic day melt away.
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Semantic crisis Intervention
Some people are bothered by changes in a word’s meaning (see: literally), while others have a more relaxed attitude towards semantic drift. For those who feel vexed when a word seems to have suddenly changed its spots, it may be of some comfort to know that words in English do this all the time; crisis is a fine example. Originally, crisis denoted “the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever.” Now it most commonly means “a difficult or dangerous situation that needs serious attention,” yet few people insist that it should be used exclusively in its older meaning. The normality of semantic change can be seen in another word that first appeared in febrile contexts: hectic, which now is primarily used to mean “very busy,” originally referred to a fever that was fluctuating but recurrent.
HECTIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hectic for English Language Learners
: very busy and filled with activity
HECTIC Defined for Kids
Definition of hectic for Students
: filled with excitement, activity, or confusion We had a hectic day of shopping.
Medical Definition of hectic
1: of, relating to, or being a fluctuating but persistent fever (as in tuberculosis)
2: having a hectic fever a hectic patient
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