swelter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swelter suffer from intense heat "we were sweltering at the beach"
    • v swelter be uncomfortably hot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Swelter To be overcome and faint with heat; to be ready to perish with heat. "Sweltered cattle."
    • Swelter To exude, like sweat.
    • Swelter To oppress with heat.
    • Swelter To welter; to soak.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swelter To faint with heat; be ready to perish with heat.
    • swelter To perspire freely; sweat.
    • swelter To oppress with heat.
    • swelter To cause to exude like sweat, by or as if by heat.
    • swelter [Sweltered venom is also explained as venom moistened with the animal's sweat.]
    • swelter To soak; steep.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Swelter swelt′ėr to be faint or oppressed with heat: to perspire copiously from heat
    • v.t Swelter to cause to faint, to overpower, as with heat
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Quotations

  • Buddha
    Buddha
    “The Buddhas do but tell the way; it is for you to swelter at the task.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Swelt (v. i.)

Usage

In literature:

Daoud was close enough to feel the heat, and on such a sweltering day it was unbearable.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
It was as two peasants, then, that they rode in sweltering heat amid a swarming and odorous mass of fellow humanity downstream.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
A burning, tropical sun sweltered over the plain.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The mule-train with our tents and baggage passed us in the valley while we were sweltering under the hawthorns.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
The place was silent with the peaceful calm of a sweltering August day.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
A leaden silence had filled the sweltering room.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie
Look, you can see it sweltering in the waves now.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
I can't get through these sweltering afternoons without a fan.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
The heat was sweltering, and the men grumbled fiercely over their work.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
With the approach of midday the wind had more and more fallen, it was now sweltering hot and the air trembled in the sunshine.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The heat was, indeed, sweltering.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
But, oh, how sultry hot in that sweltering, close valley!
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
At last the two, who had sweltered in its dusty frame that eventful night of the "Quat'z' Arts," hit upon an idea.
"The Real Latin Quarter" by F. Berkeley Smith
Do you think that I will live to see my daughter the wife of a foul, sweltering tailor?
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
He strutted and sweltered, and complained not.
"A Little Dusky Hero" by Harriot T, Comstock
Overhead the sails hung straight from the head-ropes, with not even a flutter to send a welcome draught to the sweltering deck below.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
Perhaps we might have a fire and not swelter.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
Drenching tropical showers succeeded bursts of sweltering sunshine.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Rage and heat make one swelter.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
After the great dust-plains and the sweltering humid heats of India, all this coolness and greenness are like Paradise.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
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In poetry:

All through the sultry sweltering day
The sweat ran down my brow,
The still plains heard my distant strokes
That have been silenced now.
"The Old Chimaeras. Old Receipts" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We've sweltered in the Tropics
When the pitch boiled through the deck—
And saved our hides and little besides
In an ice-cold North Sea wreck.
"Seafarer" by Anonymous Americas
In such a sweltering day as this
A knapsack is the devil!
And if on t'other side I sat
It would not only spoil our chat
But make me seem uncivil.
"The Cross Roads" by Robert Southey
On the verandah of his hut, at Brazzaville,
By sweltering Congolese moonlight
A minor colonial bureaucrat
Thumbs the ‘Poèsies’ of Alfred de Musset...
"West Africa" by Henry Jean-Marie Levet
These nothing want, are nameless loam;
But hungrier bones we knew as boys
Stand gauntly erect or swelter out their doom,
Live grist to the machine that still destroys;
And wolves sing harvest-home.
"Pastoral" by Lilian Bowes Lyon
He ought to have known me better than that,
By the tracks we tramped far out --
The sweltering scrub and the blazing flat,
When the heat came down through each old felt hat
In the hell-born western drought.
"Since Then" by Henry Lawson

In news:

370M Indians swelter in heat after power fails.
Inland cities swelter under triple-digit heat.
ACs out from 'derecho' storm, Washington preps for swelter (+video).
Dermot Mulroney, Josh Henderson to ' Swelter '.
Sunday heat without too much swelter .
No need to also swelter in the kitchen during those hot days.
Pets sweltering and suffering, too.
What's going on: Power outages could last for days in sweltering Mid-Atlantic states.
Bernard Parish children found in sweltering car.
New Smog Standards Could Hit Sweltering Pulaski County.
Which Shows Are Worth the Sweltering Slog.
Scientist Seeks to Cool Sweltering Playgrounds.
Latino voter group volunteers brave sweltering heat, slammed doors.
Sweltering Heat May Wreak Havoc on Corn Crops.
Twenty-five ways to keep out the sweltering, summer heat.
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