heat1 [ hit ] noun ***
▸ 1 hot quality
▸ 2 part of competition
▸ 3 in physics
▸ 4 strong feeling/anger
▸ 5 pressure and criticism
▸ 6 for making building warm
1. ) singular or uncount the quality of being hot, or how hot something is:
These paints can withstand heat up to 200 degrees.
The firefighters were driven back by the intense heat and smoke.
heat of: He could feel the heat of the sun on his back.
a ) only before noun relating to heat:
insulation to prevent heat loss
the heat haze shimmering over the sands
b ) the heat very hot weather:
They were unable to work in the blistering heat.
The local people get out of the city to escape the summer heat.
the heat of the day (=the hottest part of the day): Only tourists were wandering about in the heat of the day.
c ) the heat the amount of heat produced by an oven or a heating system:
Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat.
turn the heat up/down/on/off: I turned the heat down a little.
d ) the heat the place where the heat in an oven or on a HOB comes from:
Take the pan off the heat.
2. ) count a game or race at the start of a competition. The winners of the heats then compete against each other at the next stage:
the second heat of the 800 meters
3. ) uncount SCIENCE in physics, the energy that is produced when the temperature of something changes:
These chemical processes generate a lot of heat.
4. ) uncount strong and angry feelings:
He felt the heat of my glare.
take the heat out of something: Professional counseling is one way of taking the heat out of getting a divorce.
5. ) the heat INFORMAL pressure and criticism intended to force someone to do what you want:
Many producers are beginning to feel the heat from their larger customers.
put/keep the heat on (someone): We need to keep the heat on.
a ) the heat is on used for saying that you are under a lot of pressure to do something:
The heat was really on at work.
6. ) uncount AMERICAN the system in a building that keeps it warm
if you can't stand/take the heat (get out of the kitchen)
used for telling someone that they should not do something if they cannot deal with the difficult or unpleasant aspects of it
in heat
a female animal that is in heat is ready to MATE with a male
in/during the heat of something
at the busiest time or during the most difficult part of something:
In the heat of the debate, she forgot to be nervous.
in the heat of the moment
at a time when you are too angry or excited to think carefully:
We both said things we didn't mean in the heat of the moment.
heat 2 [ hit ] verb **
heat or heat up transitive to make something hot:
Heat the oil gently in a large frying pan.
a. intransitive to become hot:
Is the soup heating up?
,heat `through phrasal verb transitive
heat something through to heat food that has already been cooked, until every part of it is very hot
,heat `up phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive same as HEAT 2:
I was just heating up some soup.
2. ) intransitive if a situation heats up, it becomes more exciting, dangerous, or serious:
The dispute was already heating up.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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