Meaning of HEAT in English

I. ˈhēt verb

Etymology: Middle English heten, from Old English hǣtan; akin to Old English hāt hot

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb

1. : to become warm or hot

2. : to start to spoil from heat

transitive verb

1. : to make warm or hot

2. : excite

• heat·able ˈhē-tə-bəl adjective

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English hete, from Old English hǣte, hǣtu; akin to Old English hāt hot

Date: before 12th century



(1) : a condition of being hot : warmth

(2) : a marked or notable degree of hotness

b. : pathological excessive bodily temperature

c. : a hot place or situation


(1) : a period of heat

(2) : a single complete operation of heating ; also : the quantity of material so heated


(1) : added energy that causes substances to rise in temperature, fuse, evaporate, expand, or undergo any of various other related changes, that flows to a body by contact with or radiation from bodies at higher temperatures, and that can be produced in a body (as by compression)

(2) : the energy associated with the random motions of the molecules, atoms, or smaller structural units of which matter is composed

f. : appearance, condition, or color of a body as indicating its temperature


a. : intensity of feeling or reaction : passion

b. : the height or stress of an action or condition

in the heat of battle

c. : sexual excitement especially in a female mammal ; specifically : estrus

3. : a single continuous effort: as

a. : a single round of a contest (as a race) having two or more rounds for each contestant

b. : one of several preliminary contests held to eliminate less competent contenders

4. : pungency of flavor


a. slang

(1) : the intensification of law-enforcement activity or investigation

(2) : police

b. : pressure , coercion

c. : abuse , criticism

took heat for her mistakes

6. : smoke 8

7. slang : gun 1b

• heat·less ˈhēt-ləs adjective

• heat·proof -ˈprüf adjective

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