heat Definition

  • 1the quality of being hot; high temperature
  • 2a source or level of heat for cooking or warmth
  • 3intensity of feeling, especially of anger or excitement

Using heat: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "heat" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The heat of the sun was unbearable.

  • Example

    She turned up the heat to cook the chicken.

  • Example

    He felt the heat of anger rising within him.

  • Example

    The heat from the fireplace kept them warm.

heat Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for heat

Antonyms for heat

Idioms Using heat

  • during a difficult or intense situation


    In the heat of battle, the soldiers remained calm and focused.

  • to relieve pressure or attention from someone or something


    The new product launch took the heat off the company's recent financial losses.

  • to increase the intensity or pressure of a situation


    The coach turned up the heat during practice to prepare the team for the upcoming game.

Phrases with heat

  • to accept criticism or punishment for something


    The manager took the heat for the team's poor performance.

  • a strong emotion that makes someone act without thinking carefully


    I said some things in the heat of the moment that I regretted later.

  • a prolonged period of excessively hot weather


    The city experienced a heat wave for two weeks straight.

Origins of heat

from Old English 'hǣtu'


Summary: heat in Brief

The term 'heat' [hiːt] refers to high temperature, a source of warmth or cooking, and intensity of feeling, such as anger or excitement. It can be used to describe the sun's heat, cooking heat, or the heat of anger. Phrases like 'heat wave' and idioms like 'in the heat of battle' extend its meaning. 'Heat' is also used informally to mean 'sizzle' or 'spice.'

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