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

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Millions of voters lined up to cast their ballots in sweltering temperatures on Sunday in a parliamentary election portrayed as referendum on military rule. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand’s Junta Chief on Track to Return as Prime Minister," 24 Mar. 2019 Dozens of districts in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York have also decided to close early on Thursday due to the sweltering temperatures. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "September heat wave forces schools to send students home early because of no air conditioning," 6 Sep. 2018 While the main rally was held in Washington, D.C., along with large rallies in other cities across the country, dozens of protests were held across the state in sweltering temperatures. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Families Belong Together: Arizona rallies for migrant families separated at the border," 30 June 2018 At Kelaniya, a temple that attracts some of the more dedicated practitioners in and around the capital, Colombo, the crowds heaved in the morning’s already sweltering temperatures. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "How to Celebrate Buddha in Sri Lanka? Stop Partying, Some Say," 2 May 2018 In the sweltering twilight on their school's football field, 328 seniors at a Southeast Texas high school received their diplomas Friday with memories of a deadly mass shooting fresh in their minds. CBS News, "Santa Fe High School students graduate 2 weeks after deadly mass shooting," 3 June 2018 Miami tops a new list of energy-inefficient cities, which comes as no surprise to any South Floridian who has ever paid an electricity bill after a sweltering July. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Miamians are the worst electricity hogs in the U.S., new survey says. Blame AC.," 1 Feb. 2018 For the sweltering Southern California afternoons, there’s nothing better than one of their apple cider vinegar drinks. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appetit, "The Mysterious Hippie Food Brand That's Never Let Me Down," 27 June 2018 The perils of boob sweat are very real, and there's nothing like a traditional foam T-shirt bra to make your bosom go from sweet to sweltering. Cora Harrington, Allure, "Ask a Lingerie Expert: What Is the Best Bra for Staying Cool on Hot, Sweaty Days?," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sweltering

1566, in the meaning defined above

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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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