What does fever mean?

Definitions for fever
ˈfi vərfever

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fever, febrility, febricity, pyrexia, feverishnessnoun

    a rise in the temperature of the body; frequently a symptom of infection

  2. fevernoun

    intense nervous anticipation

    "in a fever of resentment"


  1. fevernoun

    A higher than normal body temperature of a person (or, generally, a mammal), usually caused by disease.

    "I have a fever. I think I've caught a cold."

  2. fevernoun

    Any of various diseases.

    scarlet fever

  3. fevernoun

    A state of excitement (of a person or people).

  4. fevernoun

    A group of stingrays.

  5. feververb

    To put into a fever; to affect with fever.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FEVERnoun

    A disease in which the body is violently heated, and the pulse quickened, or in which heat and cold prevail by turns. It is sometimes continual, sometimes intermittent.

    Etymology: fievre, French; febris, Latin.

    Think’st thou the firy fever will go out
    With titles blown from adulation?
    Will it give place to flexure and low bending? William Shakespeare, H. V.

    Duncan is in his grave;
    After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Should not a ling’ring fever be remov’d,
    Because it long has rag’d within my blood? Dryden.

    He had never dreamed in his life, ’till he had the fever he was then newly recovered of. John Locke.

  2. To Feververb

    To put into a fever.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The white hand of a lady fever thee!
    Shake to look on’t. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fevernoun

    a diseased state of the system, marked by increased heat, acceleration of the pulse, and a general derangement of the functions, including usually, thirst and loss of appetite. Many diseases, of which fever is the most prominent symptom, are denominated fevers; as, typhoid fever; yellow fever

  2. Fevernoun

    excessive excitement of the passions in consequence of strong emotion; a condition of great excitement; as, this quarrel has set my blood in a fever

  3. Feververb

    to put into a fever; to affect with fever; as, a fevered lip

  4. Etymology: [OE. fever, fefer, AS. fefer, fefor, L. febris: cf. F. fivre. Cf. Febrile.]


  1. Fever

    Fever is one of the most common medical signs and is characterized by an elevation of body temperature above the normal range of 36.5–37.5 °C due to an increase in the temperature regulatory set-point. This increase in set-point triggers increased muscle tone and chills. As a person's temperature increases, there is, in general, a feeling of cold despite an increasing body temperature. Once the new temperature is reached, there is a feeling of warmth. A fever can be caused by many different conditions ranging from benign to potentially serious. Some studies suggest that fever is useful as a defense mechanism as the body's immune response can be strengthened at higher temperatures, however there are arguments for and against the usefulness of fever, and the issue is controversial. With the exception of very high temperatures, treatment to reduce fever is often not necessary; however, antipyretic medications can be effective at lowering the temperature, which may improve the affected person's comfort. Fever differs from uncontrolled hyperthermia, in that hyperthermia is an increase in body temperature over the body's thermoregulatory set-point, due to excessive heat production and/or insufficient thermoregulation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fever

    fē′vėr, n. disease marked by great bodily heat and quickening of pulse: extreme excitement of the passions, agitation: a painful degree of anxiety.—v.t. to put into a fever.—v.i. to become fevered.—adj. Fē′vered, affected with fever, excited.—ns. Fē′ver-few, a composite perennial closely allied to camomile, so called from its supposed power as a febrifuge; Fē′ver-heat, the heat of fever: an excessive degree of excitement.—adj. Fē′verish, slightly fevered: indicating fever: fidgety: fickle: morbidly eager.—adv. Fē′verishly.—n. Fē′verishness.—adj. Fē′verous, feverish: marked by sudden changes. [A.S. féfor—L. febris.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Fever

    An abnormal elevation of body temperature, usually as a result of a pathologic process.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fever' in Nouns Frequency: #2781

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fever in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fever in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of fever in a Sentence

  1. Luis Gutirrez:

    At a time when the anti-immigrant rhetoric is at a fever pitch, Chicago is going to do everything we can to make sure that we keep families and communities safe.

  2. Yasir Batalvi:

    I actually had some pretty significant symptoms after I got the second dose, that evening was rough. I mean, I developed a low-grade fever and fatigue and chills.

  3. Cary Woodruff:

    Given the likely symptoms this animal suffered from, holding these infected bones in your hands, you can't help but feel sorry for Dolly, we've all experienced these same symptoms -- coughing, trouble breathing, a fever, etc. -- and here's a 150-million-year-old dinosaur that likely felt as miserable as we all do when we're sick.

  4. Nancy Writebol:

    It's your worst nightmare, there's vomiting. There's diarrhea. There's weakness... There's fever. There's a rash.

  5. Amy Driscoll:

    I had to battle out the fever and battle out how I felt.

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