Definitions and meaning of heat
- enPR: hēt, IPA(key): /hiːt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /hit/, [çit]
- Rhymes: -iːt
From Middle English hete, from Old English hǣtu, from Proto-Germanic *haitį̄ (“heat”), from Proto-Indo-European *kayd-, a derived form of *kay- (“heat; hot”).
Cognate with Scots hete (“heat”), North Frisian hiet (“heat”), Old High German heizī (“heat”). Related also to Dutch hitte (“heat”), German Hitze (“heat”), Swedish hetta (“heat”), Icelandic hiti (“heat”).
heat (countable and uncountable, plural heats)
- (uncountable) Thermal energy.
- 2007, James Shipman, Jerry Wilson, Aaron Todd, An Introduction to Physical Science: Twelfth Edition, pages 106–108:
- Heat and temperature, although different, are intimately related. [...] For example, suppose you added equal amounts of heat to equal masses of iron and aluminum. How do you think their temperatures would change? […] if the temperature of the iron increased by 100 C°, the corresponding temperature change in the aluminum would be only 48 C°.
- (uncountable) The condition or quality of being hot.
- (uncountable) An attribute of a spice that causes a burning sensation in the mouth.
- (uncountable) A period of intensity, particularly of emotion.
- Synonyms: passion, vehemence
- (uncountable) An undesirable amount of attention.
- (uncountable, slang) The police.
- (uncountable, slang) One or more firearms.
- (countable, baseball) A fastball.
- (uncountable) A condition where a mammal is aroused sexually or where it is especially fertile and therefore eager to mate.
- (countable) A preliminary race, used to determine the participants in a final race
- (countable) (by extension) A stage in a competition, not necessarily a sporting one; a round.
- (countable) One cycle of bringing metal to maximum temperature and working it until it is too cool to work further.
- (countable) A hot spell.
- (uncountable) Heating system; a system that raises the temperature of a room or building.
- (uncountable) The output of a heating system.
- (countable) A violent action unintermitted; a single effort.
- (countable, fandom slang) In omegaverse fiction, a cyclical period in which omegas experience an intense, sometimes irresistible biological urge to mate.
- 2013, Kristina Busse, "Pon Farr, Mpreg, Bonds, and the Rise of the Omegaverse", in Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World (ed. Anne Jamison), page 321:
- Some stories engage in dub-con scenarios where one or both partners are out of their minds with heat lust and lose all reasoning and inhibitions.
- 2017, Marianne Gunderson, "What is an omega? Rewriting sex and gender in omegaverse fanfiction", thesis submitted to the University of Oslo, page 40:
- When Yuri goes into his first heat, it is not only an uncomfortable and traumatic physical experience, it is also an identity crisis: this is the moment realizes that he is an omega, and not a beta as he had previously assumed.
- 2018, Laura Campillo Arnaiz, "When the Omega Empath Met the Alpha Doctor: An Analysis of Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics in the Hannibal Fandom", in The Darker Side of Slash Fan Fiction (ed. Ashton Spacey), page 127:
- Hannibal's first kiss and his alpha saliva trigger Will's heat, […]
From Middle English heten, from Old English hǣtan (“to heat; become hot”), from Proto-Germanic *haitijaną (“to heat, make hot”).
heat (third-person singular simple present heats, present participle heating, simple past and past participle heated or (dialectal) het)
- (transitive) To cause an increase in temperature of (an object or space); to cause to become hot (often with "up").
- I'll heat up the water.
- (intransitive) To become hotter.
- There's a pot of soup heating on the stove.
- (transitive, figuratively) To excite or make hot by action or emotion; to make feverish.
- (transitive, figuratively) To excite ardour in; to rouse to action; to excite to excess; to inflame, as the passions.
- (transitive, slang) To arouse, to excite (sexually).
- The massage heated her up.
- warm up
- heat up; hot up, hot
- Thea, eath, haet, hate, heta
- “heat” in the Collins English Dictionary
- “heat”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- “heat”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- “heat” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
From English heat.
- IPA(key): /ˈhiːt/
- Homophone: hit
- (sports) A heat, a preliminary race, used to determine the participants in a final race
- to make hot.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)