- [[t]hit[/t]]n.1) the condition or quality of being hot; the state of a body having or generating a high degree of warmth2) degree of hotness; temperature:moderate heat[/ex]3) the sensation of warmth or hotness4) a bodily temperature higher than normal5) a source of heat, as a stove burner or furnace6) phs added or external energy that causes a rise in temperature, expansion, or other physical change7) phs a nonmechanical energy transfer between regions of different temperature, as between a system and its surroundings or between two parts of the same systemSymbol: Q 3)8) hot weather or climate9) a period of hot weather10) coo sharp, pungent flavor; spiciness11) warmth or intensity of feeling; vehemence; passion12) maximum intensity in an activity or condition; height:the heat of battle; the heat of passion[/ex]13) tension or strain, as from the pressure of events:in the heat of a hasty departure[/ex]14) cvb sts Slang.a) pursuit or investigation by the policeb) intensified or coercive pressure:to put the heat on someone[/ex]c) censure; blame; hostile responsed) the policee) a firearm; gun15) a single intense effort or operation:The painting was finished at a heat[/ex]16) spoa) a single course in or division of a race or other contestb) a race or other contest in which competitors attempt to qualify for entry in the final race or contest17) mela) a single operation of heating, as of metal in a furnace, in the treating and melting of metalsb) a quantity of metal produced by such an operation18) zool.a) sexual receptiveness in animals, esp. femalesb) the period or duration of such receptiveness:to be in heat[/ex]19) an indication of high temperature, as by the color or condition of something20) to make hot or warm (often fol. by up)21) to excite emotionally; inflame; rouse22) to become hot or warm (often fol. by up)23) to become excited emotionally24) cvb phv heat up, to increase or become more active or intense•Etymology: bef. 900; ME hete, OE hǣtu, c. OFris, MD hēte, OHG heizī; n. der. from base of hot heat′a•ble, adj.
From formal English to slang. 2014.