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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun heat:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb heat:


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Heat is sometimes a misspelling of hate or here.

The word heat is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun heat

What does heat mean as a name of something?

Heat is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: heats

  1. a form of energy that is transferred by a difference in temperature
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • synonym of heat: heat energy
    • more generic terms: energy / free energy = a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a physical system to do work
    • more specific terms:
      • geothermal energy = energy derived from the heat in the interior of the earth
      • heat of dissociation = the heat required for a fluid substance to break up into simpler constituents
      • heat of formation = the heat evolved or absorbed during the formation of one mole of a substance from its component elements
      • heat of solution = the heat evolved or absorbed when one mole of a substance is dissolved in a large volume of a solvent
      • heat of transformation / latent heat = heat absorbed or radiated during a change of phase at a constant temperature and pressure
      • specific heat = the heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance one degree centigrade
  2. the presence of heat
  3. the sensation caused by heat energy
  4. the trait of being intensely emotional
  5. applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
  6. a preliminary race in which the winner advances to a more important race
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic word: race = a contest of speed
  7. utility to warm a building
    • examples: the heating system wasn't working | they have radiant heating
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of heat: heating / heating plant / heating system
    • more generic word: utility = a facility composed of one or more pieces of equipment connected to or part of a structure and designed to provide a service such as heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal
    • more specific terms:
      • central heating = a heating system in which air or water is heated at a central furnace and sent through the building via vents or pipes and radiators
      • gas heat = heating system that burns natural gas
      • panel heating = heating system consisting of wall or floor or baseboard or ceiling panels containing electric conductors or heating pipes
      • steam heating / steam heat = a heating system in which steam is generated in boilers and piped to radiators
    • part of: building / edifice = a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
    • parts:
      • steam boiler / boiler = sealed vessel where water is converted to steam
      • radiator = heater consisting of a series of pipes for circulating steam or hot water to heat rooms or buildings

Alternative definition of the noun heat


  1. [uncountable, physics] thermal energy
  2. [uncountable] The condition or quality of being hot.
  3. [uncountable] An attribute of a spice that causes a burning sensation in the mouth.
  4. [uncountable] A period of intensity, particularly of emotion.
  5. [uncountable] An undesirable amount of attention.
  6. [uncountable, slang] The police.
  7. [uncountable, slang] One or more firearms.
  8. [countable, baseball] A fastball.
  9. [uncountable] A condition where a mammal is aroused sexually or where it is especially fertile and therefore eager to mate.
  10. [countable] A preliminary race, used to determine the participants in a final race
  11. [countable] One cycle of bringing metal to maximum temperature and working it until it is too cool to work further
  12. [countable] A hot spell.

Specialised definition of the noun heat

Glossary of sports

one of several preliminary rounds before a race or contest, especially one in which competitors are eliminated, or one that determines players' starting order for the main event (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / baseball

if a pitcher 'throws heat' or 'brings the heat', he has a powerful fastball (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • usage: slang

Glossary of sports / rowing

a race within a race, from which the top finishers advance to further rounds that will ultimately determine the winner

Definition of the verb heat

What does heat mean as a doing word?

Heat is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: heated | heating | heats

  1. make hot or hotter
  2. provide with heat
  3. arouse or excite feelings and passions
  4. gain heat or get hot
    • examples: The room heated up quickly | The water heats
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of heat: heat up / hot up
    • antonym of heat: cool
    • more generic terms: change state / turn = undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
    • more specific words:
      • overheat = get excessively and undesirably hot
      • fry = be excessively hot

Other definitions of heat

What does heat also mean?


  1. [military] 'H'igh 'E'xplosive 'A'nti-'T'ank — antitank munition using a high explosive shaped charge to breach armour.


  1. "Heat" is a 1995 American action film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on December 15, 1995. De Niro plays Neil McCauley, a professional thief, while Pacino plays Lt. Vincent Hanna, a veteran L.A.P.D. robbery-homicide detective tracking down McCauley's crew. The central conflict is based on the experiences of former Chicago police officer Chuck Adamson and his pursuit in the 1960s of a criminal named McCauley, after whom De Niro's character is named. Heat was a critical and commercial success, grossing $67 million in the United States and $187 million worldwide.
  2. "Heat" a.k.a. "Wild Card" is a film, directed by Simon West.
  3. "Heat" is a 2006 Russian teen romantic comedy loosely based on the I Step Through Moscow, directed by Rezo Gigineishvili and produced by Fyodor Bondarchuk. Heat along with Wolfhound became one of the most expensive Russian films in 2006. Besides, its budget was three times less as compared to the advertising campaign.
  4. "Heat" also known as Andy Warhol's Heat, is an American film written and directed by Paul Morrissey, produced by Andy Warhol, and starring Joe Dallesandro, Sylvia Miles, and Andrea Feldman.
  5. "Heat" is a 1986 action-thriller film about an ex-mercenary working as a bodyguard in Las Vegas. The film was written by William Goldman, based on his 1985 novel of the same name. It was directed by Dick Richards and Jerry Jameson, and stars Burt Reynolds, Karen Young, and Peter MacNicol.
  6. "Heat" is a 1996 Australian TV movie about a solicitor who heads to the bush.
  7. "Heat": Directed by Kazimierz Kutz, this classic comedy of farcical humor and slapstick gaggery is held together by a loose plot wherein two Polish cabaret performers wander around town in search of a venue for their variety act.
  8. "Heat" is a 2009 short fantasy film written and directed by Debbie Tucker Green.
  9. "Heat": William Banks is a drifting con artist who's car breaks down in a small Louisiana town. In an attempt to repair his car, he meets a crafty vixen named Charlotte who learns about the $87,000 in cash he ripped off from various people across the country. She plots to steal the money and skip town. But Charlotte's boyfriend Tyler also learns about the money and plots to rip Charlotte off so he can leave town with the cash for himself. In a story in which all the characters are nothing but villains, only the strongest and smartest of the villains will get away with it.
  10. "Heat": Okay, I'll admit it - I went into the watching of this film with a bias, since everything Titan puts out is always stellar. Even so, I was blown away by Heat. In a desert landscape seemingly populated only by hunky gay men with 3-day growths of beard, Heat packs two-and-a-half hours plus of pure pleasure.
  11. "Heat" is a film, directed by Toni English.
  12. "Heat": This Argentian Drama is about a woman that is marooned on an island after a boating accident. 3 seal hunters discover her and start fighting over her. The movie is about the struggles between the seal hunters and how the woman is caught in the middle.


  1. "Heat" is a novel written by Mike Lupica that was published in 2006. In the book, the main character is a young boy named Michael Arroyo, a gifted baseball player. But there is one problem the coaches from other teams say that he is too good to be just 12 years old. With no parents, and a birth certificate back at his native home, Cuba, Michael will have to somehow prove with the help of his best friend, Manny,and his brother Carlos that he really is the age that he says. Later on in the book, Michael also meets a girl named Ellie who is beautiful and mysterious. Throughout the book he struggles to get his team to the Little League World Series so he can play in Yankee Stadium, and meet the pitcher of his dreams, El Grande. The setting is in the Bronx, New York.
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Young-adult fiction
    • subject: Baseball
    • released on (8 years ago)
  2. "Heat" is an original novel based on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
    • also known as "Heat (Buffy/Angel Crossover)"
    • language: English Language
    • author: Nancy Holder
    • genres: Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • subjects: Demonology, California, Vampire
    • copyright: 2004-07
    • released in (11 years ago)
  3. "Heat" is a book by George Monbiot.
    • genre: Nature
    • subjects: Physics, Climatology, Science, Meteorology, Global warming, Ecology
  4. "Heat" is a book by Ed McBain.
    • characters:
      • Stephen Louis Carella
      • Detective Bert Kling
      • Det. Eileen Burke
      • Meyer Meyer
      • Alex Delgado
      • Cotton Hawes
      • Lt. Peter Byrnes
      • Hal Willis
      • Arthur Brown
      • Bob O'Brien
      • Andy Parker
      • Richard Genero
      • Detective Roger Havilland
  5. "Heat" is a book by Stuart Woods.
    • genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
    • subjects: Adventure, Idaho

There are many other writings with this title.


"Heat" is a video game.

  • mode: Multiplayer video game, Single-player video game
  • developer: Gearbox Software
  • genre: Action game


  1. "Heat" is the third studio album by Soul for Real, released on May 18, 1999.
  2. "Heat" is the sixth album by Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes. It reached number 2 on the ARIA album charts in 1993, and features the singles "Sweat It Out", "Stand Up", "Right By Your Side" and his biggest solo hit, "Stone Cold", a never-used Cold Chisel song written by Don Walker in the early '80s.
  3. "Heat" is the second album from French musician Colder, released on Output Recordings on July 4, 2005. The album was produced in Paris, France and was released on CD, limited edition CD, and limited edition red-colored 12" vinyl. The album was also released on CD in Mexico with two bonus tracks. All versions of the album are out of print.
    • genre: Dance music
    • released on (10 years ago)
  4. "Heat" is a musical album of American Me.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  5. "Heat" is the 2011 EP album by Beyoncé.
  6. "Heat" a.k.a. "Croqel Adventure" is a musical EP of Eirik Suhrke.
  7. "HEAT" is a single by Korean singer Kim Hyun-joong.
    • released on
  8. "Heat" is a composition.
  9. "Heat" is a musical album of Jacob Karlzon.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  10. "Heat" a.k.a. "Heat!" is a musical album of Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers.
    • released in (47 years ago)
  11. "Heat" is a musical album of Hunter Complex.
    • released on
  12. "Heat" is a composition.
  13. "Heat" is a musical album of Nordvargr.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  14. "Heat" is a musical album of Michael Lington.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  15. "Heat" is a musical single of Wax Doctor.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  16. "Heat" is a composition.


  1. Heat a.k.a. Jason Rosell is an International EDM/LatinPop Music Artist - Celebrity Trainer- TV-Film Entertainer from roots of Spain and Puerto Rico.
  2. Heat a.k.a. Heather Blair is an actress and costume designer.

There are other people with in their name, like Harlem Heat, Whirlwind Heat.


Heat is a German techno group.


Heat a.k.a. Assiut Airport is an airport in Assiut, Egypt.

  • also known as Asyut International Airport
  • part of Egypt


  1. Heat a.k.a. The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida. The team is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association. They play their home games at the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami. The team owner is Micky Arison, who also owns cruise-ship giant Carnival Corporation. The team president and de facto general manager is Pat Riley, and the head coach is Erik Spoelstra. The mascot of the team is Burnie, an anthropomorphic fireball.
  2. Heat: In physics, heat is the transfer of energy other than by work or transfer of matter. Heat flows spontaneously from a hotter body to a colder one whenever a suitable physical pathway exists between the bodies, and always results in a net increase in entropy. The pathway can be direct, as in conduction and radiation, or indirect, as in convective circulation. Because it refers to a process, heat is not a property of a system.
    • also known as الحرارة, 熱量
  3. Heat is a British entertainment magazine published by German company Bauer Media Group. As of 2004 it is one of the biggest selling magazines in the UK, with a regular circulation over half a million. Its mix of celebrity news, gossip, beauty advice and fashion is primarily aimed at women, although not as directly as in other women's magazines. It also features movie and music reviews, TV listings and major celebrity interviews.
  4. Heat is a perfume endorsed by Beyoncé. It was created by her alongside Claude Dir and Olivier Gillotin of the company Givaudan. The product, which was released on February 3, 2010, uses the tagline "catch the fever". The release was promoted with a cover version of "Fever" recorded by Beyoncé and a limited edition extended play also titled Heat. She also appeared at Macy's Herald Square to launch the perfume and on The Today Show where she discussed about Heat.
  5. HEAT is a commercial help desk issue management software suite produced by FrontRange Solutions. According to FrontRange staff, HEAT stands for Helpdesk Expert Automation Tool.
  6. Heat: In professional wrestling, heat refers to both crowd reaction and real-life animosity between those involved in the professional wrestling business. In terms of crowd reaction, heat is usually either cheers for a babyface or boos for a heel. The amount of heat a wrestler generates is often an accurate gauge of his popularity.
  7. Heat is a seinen manga written by Yoshiyuki Okamura and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami. It was serialized in Big Comic Superior from 1999 to 2004. In 2002, it received the Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga. It was adapted into a live-action movie in 2004 featuring Yoshihiko Hakamada, Takeshi Yoshioka, and Hakuryu as main actors.
  8. Heat is a British music television channel that is based on the magazine of the same name, owned by Box Television, a joint venture between Bauer Media Group and Channel Four Television Corporation. It launched on 3 July 2012, replacing Q.
  9. HEAT a.k.a. High-explosive anti-tank warhead: A high-explosive anti-tank warhead is a munition made of an explosive shaped charge that uses the Munroe effect to create a very high-velocity partial stream of metal in a state of superplasticity, which is used to penetrate solid vehicle armour.
  10. Heat is an Irish prime time reality television series broadcast on RTÉ One. The programme sees two professional chefs, Kevin Dundon and Kevin Thornton, attempt to train amateur participants to each compose a restaurant menu. Each chef has won one series each. Each series, of which there have so far been two, runs for six weeks. The first series began broadcasting weekly in July 2008, with Team Dundon winning. A second series followed in February 2009, airing on Tuesday nights at 20:30, with Team Thornton winning. Dundon has described the series as being akin to "a fly-on-the wall documentary inside the kitchen of a very high-end kitchen".
  11. HEAT was an international Australian literary magazine published by Giramondo Publishing and the University of Western Sydney.
  12. Heat is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Heat

Phrases starting with the word Heat:

  1. heat up
  2. Heat map
  3. heat ray
  4. Heat Dump
  5. Heat Haze
  6. heat lamp
  7. heat pump
  8. heat rash
  9. heat sink
  10. heat unit
  11. heat wave
  12. Heat-Seal
  13. Heat Death

Phrases ending with the word Heat:

  1. In Heat
  2. On Heat
  3. gas heat
  4. red heat
  5. dead heat
  6. Pack Heat
  7. blood heat

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Heat

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Google previewSuper Course in Physics for the IIT-JEE: Waves And Thermodynamics

Heat is a form of energy. It gives us the sensation of...

Heat is the total energy of a substance due to these different modes of motion of all the molecules of the substance. If a body is heated,

Google previewWeather and Climate (1985)

by Paul E. Lydolph

Heat is the energy input that initiates all atmospheric processes. Its unequal distribution over the earth causes density differences in the atmosphere that bring about atmospheric motion. Heat is the energy that evaporates water from the earth's ...

Google previewDoing Physics with Scientific Notebook (2012)

A Problem Solving Approach by Joseph Gallant

Heat. and. Work. Heat is a form of energy, and there...

Google previewHeating, Cooling, Lighting (2014)

Sustainable Design Methods for Architects by Norbert Lechner

Units of Heat and Temperature Figure 3.4 Latent heat is the large amount of energy. Figure 3.3a Sensible heat is the random motion of molecules, and temperature is a ...

Google previewThe Climate of the Earth (1985)

by Paul E. Lydolph

Heat is the energy input that initiates all atmospheric processes. Its unequal distribution over the earth causes density differences in the atmosphere that bring about atmospheric motion. Heat is the energy that evaporates water from the earth's ...

Google previewOn the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834)

by Mary Somerville

cific heat; but latent heat is that portion of caloric which is employed in changing the state of bodies from solid to liquid, and from liquid to vapor. When a solid is converted into a liquid, a greater quantity of caloric enters into it than can be ...

Google previewSpectrums (2013)

Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity by David Blatner

And just as surely, heat is the destroyer, rending the elements apart, ending one form and transmuting it into another. Heat is also the mover and shaker, allowing energy to radiate, infuse, and enable reactions throughout the universe. Without ...

Google previewInnovation in Electric Arc Furnaces (2009)

Scientific Basis for Selection by Yuri N. Toulouevski, Ilyaz Y. Zinurov

Heat is a form of energy used to realize the furnace thermal performance in a steel melting process carried out at high temperatures. Therefore, the term “ thermal performance of a furnace” has a rather profound meaning [1]. According to the ...

Google previewClinical Veterinary Advisor (2010)

The Horse by David Wilson

DEFINITIONS • Foal heat is the first postpartum estrus. Behavioral estrus and ovulation...

Google previewA Dictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives Derived from the Word of the Lord. Extracted from the Writings of E. Swedenborg. [Abridged Principally from The"Dictionary of Correspondences,"by G. Nicholson.] (1841)

by Emanuel Swedenborg, George NICHOLSON (Incumbent of Little Budworth.)

HEAT, (Rev. xvi. 9,) sig, the concupiscences of evils which are contained in self-love and the delights thereof A. R. 692.

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary of Chemistry (1987)

by D. Brynn Hibbert, A.M. James

heat (q; dimensions: m l' too; units: J). Form of energy transferred between a sysTEM and its surroundings by thermal conduction, convection or electromagnetic radiation. Heat is an ExTENSIVE PROPERTY and always flows from a ...

Google previewEnvironmental Engineering Dictionary and Directory (2000)

by Thomas M. Pankratz

heat balance An accounting ...

Google previewDictionary of Energy (1991)

by Hall

Heat of Combustion HEAD A term for representing the equivalent of pressure exerted in terms of millimeters, centimeters, meters, inches, or feet of water or mercury (Hg). Also see Pressure. HEAT A form of thermal energy which flows from ...

Google previewA William Faulkner Encyclopedia (1999)

by Robert W. Hamblin, Charles A. Peek

" Heat is thus a synecdoche of Faulkner's imaginary world and of the ...

Google previewDesk Encyclopedia of Microbiology (2003)

by Moselio Schaechter

Heat. stress. Christophe. Herman. and. Carol. A. Gross. University of California 50 Horizontal transfer of genes between...

The Bacterial Heat Stress Response refers to the mechanism by which bacteria adapt to a sudden increase in the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Energy-efficient Building Design (1977)

391 Practical Case Studies by Kaiman Lee


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Quotes about Heat

We can also cut by heat - heat punch. And we also can cut by cold - extreme cold. When you cut with heat, it makes a mark. With cold, no mark. It depends on the fabric. (Issey Miyake)
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Scrabble value of H4E1A1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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