swel·ter·ing | \ˈswel-t(ə-)riŋ \

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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After unseasonably cool temperatures ruled May and June, this month has brought the sweltering heat Treasure Valley summers are known for. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "How to beat the heat on your fishing trips in Idaho’s summer sun," 12 July 2018 An undocumented immigrant died in sweltering heat Friday in the desert near Calexico after he was abandoned by smugglers who brought him and his cousin into the country, Border Patrol officials said Monday. Alex Riggins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Abandoned by smugglers, undocumented immigrant dies in Calexico heat," 9 July 2018 In the sweltering North Carolina summer heat, Toribio Alberto dons a wide-brimmed hat and pushes an ice cream cart around apartment complexes off Nations Ford Road. Julianna Rennie, charlotteobserver, "'I don't know what I'm going to do': Elderly Charlotte ice cream man robbed at gunpoint," 6 July 2018 But the potential difficulties of making the program larger were evident in a day of interviews at the sweltering United Nations center in Niamey. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "At French Outpost in African Migrant Hub, Asylum for a Select Few," 25 Feb. 2018 Miller’s request for help was answered by Frank Bridges, who pulled up to her modest town house in his pickup truck on a sweltering July morning. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 7 July 2018 Many other parade-watchers sought the shade amid the day's sweltering humidity. Detroit Free Press, "Corvettes and horses share the road during Oak Park's July 4 parade," 4 July 2018 Attendees of Mundelein Community Days did their best to ignore the sweltering weather at the annual event with good humor and inventive cooling devices. Denys Bucksten, chicagotribune.com, "Mundelein Community Days tries to keep it cool on a sweltering weekend," 2 July 2018 Meanwhile, Thai SEALs and other rescue workers armed with GPS locaters launched a push under the sweltering sun to pinpoint where the team is underground and locate any holes that lead from the caves to the surface. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Rescuers Rush to Stay Ahead of Rain in Push to Get Thai Soccer Team Out of Cave," 5 July 2018

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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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