• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hectic marked by intense agitation or emotion "worked at a feverish pace"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hectic A hectic flush. "It is no living hue, but a strange hectic ."
    • Hectic Habitual; constitutional; pertaining especially to slow waste of animal tissue, as in consumption; as, a hectic type in disease; a hectic flush.
    • Hectic (Med) Hectic fever.
    • Hectic In a hectic condition; having hectic fever; consumptive; as, a hectic patient.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hectic Habitual; marking a particular habit or condition of body: applied to fever of the form presented in phthisis, characterized by marked diurnal remissions and exacerbations, and accompanied with flushed cheeks, hot skin, and emaciation.
    • hectic Pertaining to or affected with such fever; feverish; consumptive: as, a hectic flush.
    • n hectic A hectic fever; a wasting away, attended by heightened color.
    • n hectic A hectic flush.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hectic hek′tik pertaining to the constitution or habit of body: affected with hectic fever
    • n Hectic a habitual or remittent fever, usually associated with consumption
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hectique, Gr. habitual, consumptive, fr. habit, a habit of body or mind, fr. to have; akin to Skr. sah, to overpower, endure; cf. AS. sige, sigor, victory, G. sieg, Goth. sigis,. Cf. Scheme
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Gr. hektikos, habitual—hexis, habit.


In literature:

Now they were flushed and hectic with a suggestion of the inward fire that lit her eyes.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
His pale cheeks were lit by a hectic flush of intense feeling.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
As for Kendrick, it was the busiest, most hectic morning he had ever experienced.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
Those three days were full of hectic activity.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
However, being ridiculously amiable where the pale-haired hectic was concerned, go she did, and sat about at considerable length.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The nervous, hectic state of the journalists made him feel nervous too.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
The recreations of Nipigon were not hectic, and we were glad to get on to towns and massed life again.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
This hectic story of a young woman had set his imagination afire, but it must not make a fool of him.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
In his own hectic world, people had no such scorn of gold.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
The hectic pace of the distant highway absorbs less and less my hope.
"Eyeshine" by Paul Cameron Brown
Her cheeks showed spots of hectic red.
"Ham Sandwich" by James H. Schmitz
The hectic flush in her face was greater, and her eyes were wild under her tangle of beautiful silver hair.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Chung wasn't built for times as hectic as the last few hours, and was worn to a nubbin.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
He was very weak in these days, and the spot of hectic red glowed brightly on his cheek.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 3" by Various
In his hectic desire to gain the passing pleasure, man loses his ultimate good.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
The fire died out of his eyes, the hectic colour from his cheek.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Why, then, this sudden hectic of the sensational?
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
But Eschatology, brooding in the background, soon put an end to this somewhat hectic social burst.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
She had asked the question with a hectic eagerness, yet had not waited for an answer.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
The first days were electric, hectic.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George

In poetry:

Behold yon trembling hectic form,
Bowing to Fate's relentless storm,
E'en while Death's angel hovers near,
And ready waits th' expecting bier,
Hope gilds with smiles the coming Morrow.
"To-Morrow" by Laura Sophia Temple
Upon the breezy cliff's impending brow,
With trembling step, the Hectic paus'd awhile;
As round his wasted form the sea-breeze blew,
His flush'd cheek brighten'd with a transient smile:
"The Hectic" by Sir John Carr
Still let me pause, and catch that liquid glance,
Feel on my hectic cheek the musky breath,
Still lock'd in fancy's rich and melting trance,
No longer mourn o'er friendship's early death.
"To My Best Friend" by Laura Sophia Temple
"See her, with parent patriot care,
The infant orphan-mind prepare,
Assur'd, without Instruction's aid,
The proudest nation soon will show
A wasted form, a hectic glow,
A robb'd, diseas'd, revolting, shade.
"Lines To Mrs. A. Clarke" by Sir John Carr
Still, still the hectic cheek shall burn,
And ask in vain for health's return ;
Whilst Mem'ry, foe to Mis'ry's child,
On life's rich core shall riot wild.
Long have I bade farewell to Joy,
And Summer's full and lustrous eye.
"Stanzas" by Laura Sophia Temple
We could not marry!--See, the flesh, that clothes the soul of me,
Ordained at birth a sacrifice to this heredity,
Denied, forbade.--Ah, you have seen the bright spots in my cheeks
Flush hectic, as before the night the west burns blood-red streaks?
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Hectic scene in Arundel as council deadlocks on nominee.
Bin Laden's death leads to hectic media coverage.
Hectic year of news for BYU athletic department.
Stay on task and tune out the hectic world.
A hectic yet heavenly month.
The seventh week of session for the House of Representatives has been semi- hectic .
The holidays are not only hectic , but also they are fi lled with high-sugar, high-calorie treats.
Hectic and haunting performance shows what Resonance Ensemble can do.
Summers are traditionally the busiest time for public works departments, but at the Cattaraugus Village Board's recent meeting, Cattaraugus Public Works Superintendent Jason Opferbeck reported on a particularly hectic season.
If you are like me, a spouse, parent and working a "full-time+" job the holidays can be pretty hectic , and if you are not careful you can find yourself becoming negative.
President Obama Continues Hectic Victory Tour.
Lunch is a hectic meal for most of us.
0Life for Debbie Plew can sometimes get hectic.
Henry Luce , co-founder of Time, Inc, invented the modern magazine when he created a magazine that contained brief, accessible, image-laden news stories to fit into the hectic lives of post-war Americans.
If you're a woman over 40 with a hectic lifestyle, you know how easy it can be to put off scheduling your mammogram , "I'll do it next month," "I'm too busy with other responsibilities," "I've got to get the kids to soccer.

In science:

The field is already in a phase of hectic activity, data of increasing quality are being released and many new missions devised.
The CMB polarization: status and prospects