white heat


: 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
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of white heat was in 1664

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“White heat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20heat. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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