WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Pathologyan abnormally high body temperature: [uncountable]Fever and chills are often symptoms of the flu.[countable]I was worried because she had a high fever.
- intense nervous excitement:[countable; usually singular]in a fever of anticipation.
- Pathologyan abnormal condition of the body, characterized by undue rise in temperature, quickening of the pulse, and disturbance of various body functions.
- Pathologyan abnormally high body temperature.
- Pathologythe number of degrees of such a temperature above the normal.
- Pathologyany of a group of diseases in which high temperature is a prominent symptom:scarlet fever.
- intense nervous excitement:The audience was in a fever of anticipation.
- to affect with or as with fever:The excitement fevered him.
- Latin, as above
- Latin febr- (stem of febris) fever; reinforced by Anglo-French fevre, Old French fievre
- bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English fefer
- Pathologyhaving fever.
- pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling fever:a feverish excitement.
- excited, restless, or uncontrolled, as if from fever.
- having a tendency to produce fever.
- Middle English feverisch. See fever, -ish1 1350–1400
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged frenzied, impatient, fervent, wrought-up.