• WordNet 3.6
    • n fever intense nervous anticipation "in a fever of resentment"
    • n fever a rise in the temperature of the body; frequently a symptom of infection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 25,000 workers died during the building of the Panama Canal and approximately 20,000 of them contracted malaria and yellow fever
    • Fever (Med) 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.
    • Fever 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 . "An envious fever Of pale and bloodless emulation.""After life's fitful fever he sleeps well."
    • v. t Fever To put into a fever; to affect with fever; as, a fevered lip. "The white hand of a lady fever thee."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by ticks
    • n fever In pathol.: A temperature of the body higher than the normal temperature, appearing as a symptom of disease; pyrexia. The temperature of the body in health is between 98° and 99°F., and is maintained at this point by the adjustment of the production of bodily heat to its dissipation, both of these processes being largely under nervous control. During the period of invasion of a fever, or at any time when the temperature is rising, the heat produced exceeds the heat lost. If the rise is very rapid, the withdrawal of the blood from the skin, which diminishes the loss of heat, may give rise to a cold sensation or chill, which may be combined with an attack of shivering. By the latter the production of heat is increased. During fever the production of heat, while it may be greater than in a healthy body at rest, does not exceed what a healthy body can dispose of without experiencing increase of temperature. The consumption of the tissues of the body in fever exceeds ordinarily the repair, and there is more or less emaciation; the excretion of urea is increased; the pulse is usually quickened as well as the respiration; the bowels are apt to be constipated; and thirst, loss of appetite, headache, and vague pains are commonly complained of. Fever is caused by zymotic poisons, by local inflammation, or by overheating as in sunstroke, and is sometimes of exclusively nervous origin. It is unquestionably injurious to the patient when it is excessive or too long continued; in some cases, where it does not exceed certain limits, it is very probably innocuous, or may even be advantageous. Fever would ordinarily be called slight up to 101° or 102° F., moderate up to 103° or 103.5°, and high above this. Temperatures above 105° F. would be called excessively high, and to such the name of hyperpyrexia is applied. The limits of the significations of these terms are not precisely marked; they vary somewhat in the usage of different individuals. The prognostic significance of pyrexia depends on the accompanying conditions.
    • n fever The group of symptoms consisting of pyrexia and the symptoms usually associated with it.
    • n fever A disease in which pyrexia is a prominent symptom: as, typhoid fever, scarlet fever, etc.
    • n fever Heat; agitation; excitement by anything that strongly affects the passions: as, a fever of suspense; a fever of contention.
    • n fever Typhoid fever.
    • n fever Digestive disturbance with rise of temperature and vomiting of bile.
    • n fever Same as pemphigus.
    • n fever Catarrh of the upper air-passages with fever.
    • n fever Typhoid fever of a mild form.
    • n fever Typhoid fever.
    • n fever The pest.
    • n fever Remittent fever.
    • n fever Acute gastritis.
    • n fever Relapsing fever.
    • n fever Fever incident to some local inflammation.
    • n fever Anthrax.
    • n fever Simple continued fever.
    • n fever Cattle-plague.
    • n fever Typhoid fever.
    • n fever Pyrexia of purely nervous origin.
    • n fever Yellow fever.
    • n fever Yellow fever.
    • n fever The plague.
    • n fever Typhus fever.
    • n fever Typhoid fever.
    • n fever Relapsing fever.
    • n fever Ardent continued fever.
    • n fever Remittent fever.
    • n fever yellow fever in new-comers.
    • n fever Relapsing fever.
    • n fever Cerebrospinal meningitis.
    • n fever A period of incubation of two weeks, more or less, terminating in prodromata lasting for a few days, and consisting in a general tired feeling and indisposition to exertion of any kind, lossof appetite, usually some constipation, slight headache, and pains in the limbs.
    • n fever A period of invasion of a week or less, characterized by a gradually increasing temperature, with morning remissions and evening exacerbations, want of appetite, thirst, dry and coated tongue, frequent pulse, headache, often nose-bleed, usually constipation, often slight diarrhea, slightly tympanitic abdomen, with perhaps some tenderness and gurgling in the right iliac region, some enlargement of the spleen, perhaps slight delirium at night, and some bronchitis.
    • n fever A period of continued pyrexia (fever) in which the temperature ceases to rise, and in which its daily variations are less. This period (fastigium) lasts for a week or two. The want of appetite, thirst, dry tongue, frequent pulse, headache, and bronchitis continue or are increased. The tympanitis, splenic enlargement, and delirium become more pronounced. Three or four soft yellow stools are passed daily. About the beginning of this period an eruption of small, pink, slightly raised spots appears on the skin, especially of the back and abdomen.
    • n fever A period of defervescence, in which the fever gradually disappears and all the symptoms improve. This may last about a week. Cases vary much from this typical progress, and may be marked in addition by intestinal hemorrhage, perforation of the intestinal wall with collapse and peritonitis, thrombosis of the larger veins, especially the femoral, pneumonia, lobular and (rarely) lobar, or meningitis. Relapses (after a normal temperature has been reached) and recrudescences (before the fever has entirely disappeared) are not very uncommon. The mortality varies, but the average of recent reports is not far from 10 per cent. The main anatomical features are inflammation of Peyer's patches and of the solitary glands of the small and sometimes of the large intestine, with inflammation of the mesenteric lymphatic glands. Persons between fifteen and thirty years of age seem to be most frequently attacked. A previous attack produces a certain but not complete protection. The contagium seems to be given off from the sick mainly by the stools. The contamination of food and drink seems to be the most important mode of ingress. Personal contact does not materially increase exposure. Typhoid fever is now believed to be caused by a microscopic parasitic organism or bacillus, in length about one third the diameter of a red blood-corpuscle, in thickness about one third of its length, with rounded ends, mobile, forming spores at a temperature between 30° and 42°C., but not at lower temperatures, and forming minute brownish-yellow colonies on gelatin, which it does not soften. For synonyms, see phrases above.
    • fever To put in a fever; infect with fever.
    • fever To contract or develop fever.
    • n fever A smith; an artisan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Brain damage will only occur if a fever goes above 107.6 degrees farenheit
    • n Fever fē′vėr disease marked by great bodily heat and quickening of pulse: extreme excitement of the passions, agitation: a painful degree of anxiety
    • v.t Fever to put into a fever
    • v.i Fever to become fevered
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  • Martin Luther
    “The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing.”
  • Joaquin Miller
    Joaquin Miller
    “Death is delightful. Death is dawn, the waking from a weary night of fevers unto truth and light.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “Thank Heaven! the crisis --The danger, is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last --, and the fever called Living is conquered at last.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “After life's fitful fever he sleeps well. Treason has done his worst. Nor steel nor poison, malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing can touch him further.”
  • Adrienne Rich
    “We who were loved will never unlive that crippling fever.”
  • Lord Byron
    “There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?”


Fever pitch - When a situation has reached fever pitch, people are extremely excited or agitated.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fever, fefer, AS. fefer, fefor, L. febris,: cf. F. fièvre,. Cf. Febrile


In literature:

That night, vomiting and pain in the right side came on, with high fever.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
There was a call to attend a case of typhoid fever in a young girl.
"The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure" by Edward Hooker Dewey
In sickly situations these fevers are apt to return, and often prove fatal.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
A sensitive fever only, or a sensitive irritated fever, generally attends this kind.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Harvey says it is not scarlet fever at all, and he persuaded mother to let him go after you.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Fever, and local redness and swelling of the parts over the bone in this region may also occur.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
Most of the people living in what is known as the yellow fever belt are immune to the fever.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
It was a kind of low fever, combined with delirium, that affected me.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Philemon Henry had made a will in the lucid intervals of his fever.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
This tincture is highly beneficial in intermitting fevers, and in slow, nervous, or putrid fevers, especially towards their decline.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton

In poetry:

It lies not in a single part,
But through my frame is spread;
A burning fever in my heart,
A palsy in my head.
"A Sick Soul" by John Newton
"Sing to me, sing," it cried,
While the red fever reign'd,
"Oh sing of Jesus," it implored
While struggling life remained.
"Caleb Hazen Talcott," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
A fever followed from the fright,
And from sleeping in the dew;
He many a day and many a night
Suffered ere he better grew.
"The Two Bees" by Charles Lamb
It seems that your blue immobility
Has been for ever, and must for ever be.
Man seems the unstable thing,
Fevered and hurrying.
"The Harebell" by Muriel Stuart
Calm me, my God, and keep me calm,
While these hot breezes blow;
Be like the night-dew's cooling balm
Upon earth's fever'd brow.
"Calm Me, My God" by Horatius Bonar
Adieu! Adieu, for at the quay
A vessel waits to bear away,
Not only me, but many a score
That fain would leave thy fevered shore.
"Descriptive Voyage From New York To Aspinwall" by James Madison Bell

In news:

'Fever Pitch': The Farrellys' Ground Ball to Left Field.
I am starting to get the fever, the grouper fever that is.
Seattle Storm vs Indiana Fever.
Of Northampton Wellness Associates, I learned it's possible to step away from the medications and in most cases, be rid of hay fever , period.
Bears get Hay fever .
Hay fever sufferers face longer pollen seasons and highly allergenic new strains from invasive plants, a new report on the health effects of climate change on the UK warned on Tuesday.
If you're a hay fever sufferer, you're not going to like what you're about to read.
How can I treat hay fever .
But the season also means the miserable return of hay fever .
Guthrie's ' Hay Fever ' lets Coward be Coward.
There, a riot of tulips and hydrangea and magnolias festoon the whimsically eccentric set of " Hay Fever ".
Itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, and other hay-fever symptoms may have you running to the drugstore for relief.
), the true cause of hay fever .
Fight Hay Fever with Homeopathy.
Nutritional Tips on Avoiding Hay Fever .

In science:

Some disease which can cause disability like brain fever, fits when they are children.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Our test-infected (that is the test-infecting of the title of this work) ‘fever’ is borrowed from Beck and Gamma .
Learning by Test-infecting Symmetric Ciphers
The main point of our paper is that, during a major speculative bubble, the fever does not remain con fined to the economic or financial sphere but spreads to other segments of the society which can actually become actors themselves by buying the market, usually close to the end of the bullish mood.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
This “fever contamination ” provides a probe of the imitation process which is at the source of the speculative bubble, and gives therefore a direct access to the fundamental mechanism of the bubble.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
Bittner E., Nussbaumer A., Janke W., Weigel M.: Football fever: goal distributions and non-Gaussian statistics.
A Biased Review of Sociophysics