heat


heat
/hit / (say heet)

noun
1. the quality or condition of being hot.
2. the sensation of hotness or warmth; heated bodily condition.
3. Psychology a blended sensation, caused by stimulating the warmth and cold receptors on the skin.
4. Physics energy that is transferred between two regions by virtue of a temperature difference only, now measured in joules, formerly measured in calories.
5. Physics the amount of heat (def. 4) evolved or absorbed per unit amount of substance in a process as combustion.
6. hot condition of the atmosphere or physical environment; hot season or weather.
7. a sensation of burning on the tongue, skin, etc., as produced by chilli, mustard, etc.
8. warmth or intensity of feeling: the heat of an argument.
9. intense feeling, especially of excitement or anger: the heat of rage; in the heat of the moment.
10. the height of greatest intensity of any action: to do a thing at white heat.
11. Colloquial pressure of police, prison or other investigation or activity: the thieves went into hiding until the heat was off.
12. a single course in or division of a race or other contest.
13. a single operation of heating, as of metal in a furnace, in the heat-treating and melting of metals.
14. Zoology
a. sexual excitement in animals, especially females; oestrus.
b. the period or duration of such excitement.
verb (t)
15. to make hot or warm.
16. to excite in mind or feeling; inflame with passion.
verb (i)
17. to become hot or warm.
18. to become excited in mind or feeling.
phrase
19. on heat, (of female animals) at a stage of sexual receptivity in the oestrus cycle; in season.
20. put the heat on, Colloquial to put pressure on.
{Middle English hete, Old English hǣtu; related to German Hitze}
heatless, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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