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

Definition of sweltering

: oppressively hot

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 As temperatures hovered around 100 degrees on Tuesday morning at the Phoenix Zoo, the animals were able to escape the sweltering heat with the help of their keepers. Gloria Rebecca Gomez, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2022 Area bands were in full gear in the sweltering heat to honor the men and women who died in service to their country. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 When Bishop opened the restaurant in August 2020, guests lined up outside in the sweltering August heat in Christmas pajamas to celebrate. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 17 May 2022 The sweltering heat in Las Vegas didn’t deter hip-hop fans from attending the Lovers & Friends Festival on Saturday. Shirley Ju, Variety, 14 May 2022 Under the shade of a dusty canvas tent in the sweltering heat, five men rehearse for a circus tour of France the following week. Guy Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2022 In August 2020, California suffered its first statewide rolling blackouts in nearly 20 years after a sweltering heat wave and other factors pushed the state’s electricity system to the brink. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2021 Announced Thursday amid a sweltering heat wave like others this summer that have driven residents to the water in droves, the initiative is the state’s latest effort to combat a frightening surge in drownings. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Long Beach reached a sweltering 101 degrees, breaking the old record of 92 set in 2014, forecasters said. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 25 Jun. 2022.

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swel·​ter·​ing | \ ˈswel-tər-iŋ \

Kids Definition of sweltering

: oppressively hot

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