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Definition of Heat


  1. A force in nature which is recognized in various effects, but especially in the phenomena of fusion and evaporation, and which, as manifested in fire, the sun's rays, mechanical action, chemical combination, etc., becomes directly known to us through the sense of feeling. In its nature heat is a mode if motion, being in general a form of molecular disturbance or vibration. It was formerly supposed to be a subtile, imponderable fluid, to which was given the name caloric.
  2. The sensation caused by the force or influence of heat when excessive, or above that which is normal to the human body; the bodily feeling experienced on exposure to fire, the sun's rays, etc.; the reverse of cold.
  3. High temperature, as distinguished from low temperature, or cold; as, the heat of summer and the cold of winter; heat of the skin or body in fever, etc.
  4. Indication of high temperature; appearance, condition, or color of a body, as indicating its temperature; redness; high color; flush; degree of temperature to which something is heated, as indicated by appearance, condition, or otherwise.
  5. A single complete operation of heating, as at a forge or in a furnace; as, to make a horseshoe in a certain number of heats.
  6. A violent action unintermitted; a single effort; a single course in a race that consists of two or more courses; as, he won two heats out of three.
  7. Utmost violence; rage; vehemence; as, the heat of battle or party.
  8. Agitation of mind; inflammation or excitement; exasperation.
  9. Animation, as in discourse; ardor; fervency.
  10. Sexual excitement in animals.
  11. Fermentation.
  12. To make hot; to communicate heat to, or cause to grow warm; as, to heat an oven or furnace, an iron, or the like.
  13. To excite or make hot by action or emotion; to make feverish.
  14. To excite ardor in; to rouse to action; to excite to excess; to inflame, as the passions.
  15. To grow warm or hot by the action of fire or friction, etc., or the communication of heat; as, the iron or the water heats slowly.
  16. To grow warm or hot by fermentation, or the development of heat by chemical action; as, green hay heats in a mow, and manure in the dunghill.
  17. Heated; as, the iron though heat red-hot.

Heat Quotations

As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.
Bob Marley

When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
Ronald Reagan

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
Nelson Mandela

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.
William Shakespeare

Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.
Friedrich Nietzsche
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Heat Translations

heat in Afrikaans is hitte
heat in Danish is ild
heat in Dutch is gloed, vuur
heat in French is chaleur, ardeur, chauffer
heat in Italian is calore, ardore, riscaldare, calore
heat in Latin is aestus estus
heat in Portuguese is calor
heat in Spanish is calor

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