Meaning of FEVER in English


I. ˈfēvə(r) noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fēfer, fēfor, from Latin febris; akin to Latin fovēre to warm — more at day


a. : a rise of body temperature above the normal whether a natural response (as to infection) or artificially induced for therapeutic reasons

b. : an abnormal bodily state characterized by increased production of heat, accelerated heart action and pulse, and systemic debility with weakness, loss of appetite, and thirst

c. : any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom

typhoid fever

yellow fever

quartan fever


a. : a state of heightened or intense emotion (as of excitement, anxiety, or desire) : abnormal intensity

in a fervor and fever of resentment colonists all over the land voluntarily carried their tea to public bonfires — C.G.Bowers

terror hung over the West, the frontier was in a fever , forts and blockhouses were hastily constructed — American Guide Series: Ind.

a fever of passionate love — T.L.Peacock

b. : a widely contagious usually transient enthusiasm (as for gold prospecting, migration to the West, or stock speculation) : craze

caught uranium fever

football fever raged in the university

gripped by a fever for emigration

3. : a state of agitated or intense activity : urgent haste

what a fever of preparation seized the fort on the afternoon before that great day — Walter O'Meara

worked at a fever pitch

4. : an abnormal often unstable condition of mind or society

the fever is over; already unemployment … has started to drop — Economist

II. verb

( fevered ; fevered ; fevering -v(ə)riŋ ; fevers )

transitive verb

: to throw into a fever : affect with fever : heat , agitate

the gold coin, clutched deep in his trouser pocket, fevered him — A.J.Cronin

intransitive verb

1. : to contract or be in a fever : be or become feverish

the malaria victim fevers intermittently

he fevered for his far-off home

2. : to move or live feverishly

Germany has not experienced a revolution; she has only fevered through a convulsion caused by overexertion and fright — Maximillian Harden

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