white heat


Definition of white heat

1 : a temperature (as for copper and iron from 1500° to 1600° C) which is higher than red heat and at which a body becomes brightly incandescent
2 : a state of intense mental or physical strain, emotion, or activity

Examples of white heat in a Sentence

claims that the novel was written at white heat in a tremendous, unbroken burst of creativity
Recent Examples on the Web It’s made of several heavy-duty materials to keep it safe: a black Cinefoil dust jacket, white heat-shield foil pages, nickel wire, stainless-steel head and tail bands and Kapton high-temperature adhesive. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 24 May 2022 Without his embrace, the band burned with white light/white heat, before eventually burning out themselves. Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2021 Their mutual hatred generates a white heat that could burn through your laptop screen. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 28 Mar. 2020 One of Parker’s key defenses is a white heat shield that deflects heat. James Rogers, Fox News, 10 Aug. 2018 Narrated by a neurological researcher whose memories of her childhood in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge start to leak into her present day, this novel is contrapuntal and elegiac in tone, with a white heat beneath. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2018 And just as one starts to wonder what kind of town is one in which there are no children or families, no banks or offices, dusk starts to fall, and the tourists and the white heat of the day retreat. Deborah Needleman, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of white heat

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

7 Jun 2022

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“White heat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20heat. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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