swel·​ter·​ing | \ ˈswel-t(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce sweltering (audio) \

Definition of sweltering

: oppressively hot

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Other Words from sweltering

swelteringly adverb

Examples of sweltering in a Sentence

the air conditioning was broken, and it was sweltering in the office
Recent Examples on the Web The source of these sweltering temperatures—first detected by NASA’s two Voyager spacecrafts, which zoomed by the gas giant in the 1980s—have long baffled planetary scientists. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Saturn’s Auroras Could Help Explain the Weird Amounts of Heat in Its Atmosphere," 8 Apr. 2020 During a sweltering doubleheader in September, Trout crushed a 93-mph fastball to the opposite field for his 15th homer of the season and the 300th of his career. Maria Torres Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Angels 2020 memorable moments: A handful of notable feats in a forgettable season," 23 Dec. 2020 There was no travel; the entire season was filmed at a sweltering Palm Springs, Calif., resort, which meant the dates were pretty boring and hometowns involved a lot of make-believe. Washington Post, "Real-world lessons from Clare and Tayshia’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’," 23 Dec. 2020 Perhaps the inhabitants of an early Venus, once as habitable and balmy as Earth, had escaped into the skies when the planet became unbearably sweltering. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Biggest Maybe in Astronomy," 15 Dec. 2020 In the summer of 1835, a slave named Jean Antoine managed to sneak into the sweltering hold of a Mexican vessel while it was docked in New Orleans. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘South to Freedom’ Review: México Libre," 30 Nov. 2020 And so began a forced trek of 155 miles across the sweltering southeastern Sahara Desert and into Sudan. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Half a century ago, a U.S. Army soldier escaped armed captors in Africa. He’s still seeking the recognition many say he’s due.," 11 Nov. 2020 The story unfolds over a sweltering hot day in 1927 Chicago, briefly evoked with outdoor sets that have a glorious studio-backlot artifice. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "In ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ Chadwick Boseman gives his final and finest performance (review)," 25 Nov. 2020 On the afternoon of that moment of divine intervention, a sweltering day in Mexico City in 1986, Maradona was at the peak of his powers. Matias Grez And Ben Morse, CNN, "Diego Armando Maradona: The tormented genius who became one of football's greatest players," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sweltering

1566, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweltering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweltering. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweltering

: very hot


swel·​ter·​ing | \ ˈswel-tər-iŋ \

Kids Definition of sweltering

: oppressively hot

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