Language: Old English
Origin: hætu


1 noun
Related topics: Food, Household, Sport, Power
heat1 S2 W2


[uncountable] warmth or the quality of being hot:
Ice needs heat to melt.
Insulating the attic is a good way to reduce heat loss.

the heat

very hot weather or a high temperature:
The heat was making them tired.
Angela liked to rest during the heat of the day (=the hottest part of the day).
Firefighters were beaten back by the intense heat.

in cooking

[countable usually singular, uncountable]DFDH the level of temperature used when cooking or heating something
(a) low/medium/high heat
Cook the chicken portions over a high heat.
turn off/down/up the heat
When the milk comes to the boil, turn off the heat.
Now reduce the heat and cover the pan.

strong feelings

[uncountable] strong feelings, especially anger or excitement:
Reconciliation services can take the heat out of (=reduce the anger in) the dispute.
in the heat of something
Quick decisions had to be made in the heat of the negotiations.
In the heat of the moment (=when feelings were very strong) Nick threatened to resign.


[uncountable] strong pressure on someone:
The heat is on (=there is a lot of pressure) as schools struggle to finish their entries by the deadline.
The team turned up the heat (=used more effort against their opponents) in the last few minutes to score two more goals.
There was a lot of heat, and it affected our relationship.

system to heat building

[uncountable] American EnglishDHTP the system in a house or other building that keeps it warm in the winter, or the warmth from this system [= heating British English]
Can you turn up the heat?

in a race

[countable]DS a part of a race or competition whose winners then compete against each other in the next part:
Bill finished second in his heat.

on heat

British English in heat American EnglishHBADHP if a female animal is on heat, her body is ready to have sex with a male
dead heat, white heat

; ➔ if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

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