from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The heat of fever; a degree of bodily heat characteristic or indicative of fever. On some Fahrenheit thermometers fever-heat is marked at 112°.
  • noun Hence A feverish degree of excitement or excitation: as, the enthusiasm rose to fever-heat.


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  • When the youngest Princess saw him thus distracted for love and longing for passion and the fever-heat of desire, she went in to her sisterhood weeping-eyed and woeful-hearted, and shedding copious tears threw herself upon them, kissed their feet and besought them to devise some device for bringing Hasan to the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • You will be drawn into the fray by party spirit now still at fever-heat; though the fever, which spent itself in violence in

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris 2007

  • Upon this new vision of threatened possibilities followed one of those paroxysms of thought at fever-heat which consume whole years of life.

    A Woman of Thirty 2007

  • But if you wish also to see a State at fever-heat, I have no objection.

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett 2006

  • You may imagine that my curiosity ran to fever-heat.

    Prester John 2005

  • Wallace later recalled the “fever-heat of expectation” he felt.

    The Song of The Dodo David Quammen 2004

  • As I had never seen a case in which fever-heat continued so long after death, I delayed the funeral until unmistakable symptoms of dissolution occurred.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa 2004

  • Wallace later recalled the “fever-heat of expectation” he felt.

    The Song of The Dodo David Quammen 2004

  • The fever-heat throbbed again in her blood, and flushed fiercely in her cheeks.

    Armadale 2003

  • But, if depressed for the moment, on reaching "the Moorings" the thermometer of their spirits jumped suddenly to fever-heat.

    Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel John B. [Illustrator] Greene


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