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 Allen forced the child to do exercise in sweltering July heat and then locked her in a 31-inch-long footlocker overnight. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Rachel Henry pleads 'not guilty' to smothering her 3 children in Phoenix," 4 Feb. 2020 There are still plenty of ways to look business appropriate while staying cool in the sweltering city. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "10 Outfits Every Man Should Wear This Summer," 18 Apr. 2019 Some depict everyday people in mundane situations that speak to the state of the planet in 2019, as in one photograph of two ice-sellers pausing from their jobs on a sweltering day in Jacobabad, Pakistan, one of the hottest cities on earth. Time, "TIME's Best Portraits of 2019," 18 Dec. 2019 Set over the course of a sweltering hot summer day, long-simmering racial tensions in the community quickly escalate when Mookie's friend Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) demands that black celebrities be featured on the restaurant's Wall of Fame. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Oscar-nominated actor Danny Aiello, known for 'Moonstruck,' 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 86," 13 Dec. 2019 There was a smaller, but still significant, bump of 0.57 additional births per 100,000 women on days that were hot but not quite as sweltering, ranging from 26.7-32.2º C (80-90º F). Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "How Rising Temperatures Due to Climate Change are Shortening Pregnancies," 2 Dec. 2019 Passengers say they were stuck on a sweltering plane for hours after their flight was diverted last week. Fox News, "Qantas passengers stuck in sweltering heat for hours after being diverted to military base," 18 Nov. 2019 West fiddled with a synthesizer that led into a sweltering gospel house segment. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Kanye West's Sunday Service covers Stevie Wonder, Destiny's Child at Lakewood," 18 Nov. 2019 Much of the military training in the U.S. occurs in sweltering regions with drenching humidity, where service members are sometimes pushed to their limits based on the belief that troops must be hardened to withstand the rigors of combat. NBC News, "Rising temperatures put U.S. troops at risk during training, report finds," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sweltering

1566, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2020

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“Sweltering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweltering. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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