Definition of fever in English:

fever

noun

  • 1An abnormally high body temperature, usually accompanied by shivering, headache, and in severe instances, delirium.

    ‘she had a slight fever’
    mass noun ‘quinine was used to reduce malarial fever’
    • ‘Aspirin is good for relieving pain, reducing fevers, and reducing inflammation caused by injury or arthritis.’
    • ‘Illness is characterized by abrupt onset of fever, myalgia and headache.’
    • ‘Your body raises its temperature, creating a fever, in an attempt to kill off harmful microorganisms.’
    • ‘You have a severe headache with fever, sickness and possibly a rash.’
    • ‘Call your doctor if your child also gets a fever, diarrhea, headache, or skin rash.’
    • ‘Initial signs and symptoms are generalized malaise, chills, fevers, headaches, arthralgias, and a nonproductive cough.’
    • ‘A person with glandular fever is most infectious when they have a fever (high temperature).’
    • ‘Clinical history revealed a mild flu-like illness accompanied by a low-grade fever over the past week.’
    • ‘The reaction typically occurs 7 to 10 days after starting the drug and is associated with fevers, diarrhoea, respiratory symptoms and it is extremely unpleasant for the patient.’
    • ‘Patients commonly reported headache, fever, nausea or vomiting, stiff neck, and photophobia.’
    • ‘There is tenderness over the appendix, often accompanied by a slight fever, a facial flush, and a rapid pulse.’
    • ‘I've been plagued by nausea and fever the last few days, so don't expect any works of literature from me.’
    • ‘The major uses I have employed it for are upper respiratory conditions, allergies, coughs, colds, bronchitis, fevers, flu, asthma and emphysema for which it is effective.’
    • ‘The beneficial effects of hot baths and malarial fevers in syphilis were noted as early as the 15th century.’
    • ‘You might commonly take it for a headache, a fever or for arthritis pain.’
    • ‘Tooth abscesses can also cause fever (high temperature), shivers and general aches and pains.’
    • ‘Lassa fever presents with symptoms and signs indistinguishable from those of febrile illnesses such as malaria and other viral haemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola.’
    • ‘Rarely, flu can develop into a high fever, acute bronchitis, encephalitis and pneumonia.’
    • ‘For some reason, children's bodies are less able to control high temperatures and fevers and sometimes this seems to cause a seizure.’
    • ‘Maternal fever and suspected neonatal infection were the indications with the lowest examination rates.’
    feverishness, high temperature, febricity, febrility
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    1. 1.1 A state of nervous excitement or agitation.
      ‘I was mystified, and in a fever of expectation’
      • ‘The air is thick with sweat and sweet perfume, the fever of adolescence.’
      • ‘He shifted in his sleep, his eyes fluttering in the fever of a dream.’
      • ‘Why then, last November, did I find Georgians in such a fever of expectation?’
      • ‘When the girls had left, Zara turned to Paz in a fever of agitation.’
      state of agitation, state of anxiety, nervous state, flutter, panic, frenzy, fret, upset, turmoil, commotion
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    2. 1.2mass noun, with modifier The excitement felt by a group of people about a particular public event.
      ‘election fever reaches its climax tomorrow’
      • ‘In the meantime, however, St-Maurice has caught federal election fever.’
      • ‘Most of the forms went to volatile city wards where election fever was at its height.’
      • ‘Fears that election fever will degenerate into an orgy of violence were confirmed when three Russian police officers were killed in an attack in the capital Grozny.’
      • ‘And getting his head around the chaotic cup fever scenes in the town where he did his growing up - at least in a sporting sense - is certainly not easy.’
      • ‘Two years later, when Ireland qualified for the 1990 World Cup, soccer fever reached its pinnacle.’
      • ‘The people are well cured by then of election fever, during which they think they are choosing Moses.’
      • ‘In each case, the public's lotto fever simply got out of control.’
      • ‘With election fever growing, the spending review was inevitably party political.’
      • ‘With all the election fever the West seems to have forgotten that there is an occupation going on.’
      • ‘They know well that in the short time span up to June 11 and with election fever in the air this debate will not be reasonable.’
      • ‘First day of Spring and Sydney catches mainstream federal election fever via sidelines.’
      • ‘The idea is that Londoners will be in need of a big squeeze as election fever gets worse.’
      • ‘As election fever heats up, both sides are calling their supporters onto the streets.’
      • ‘And maybe a few acid drops to cool that mounting election fever.’
      • ‘At one point, it seemed as if the whole nation had come to a standstill as cricket fever gripped the public imagination like never before.’
      • ‘Get ready for a month of sniping, bitching, mud slinging and baby-kissing, kiddies, because election fever is here!’
      • ‘It's election fever in the streets of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.’
      • ‘In common with the rest of the country, Borris-in-Ossory was gripped by election fever, during the past few weeks.’
      • ‘Despite the Opposition's election fever, the UNC benches in Parliament yesterday were devoid of tension.’
      • ‘As election fever mounts, parties are going after one another in wars of words, and lawsuits and counter charges are flying about.’
      ferment, frenzy, furore, ecstasy, rapture, hubbub, hurly-burly
      excitement, frenzy, agitation, turmoil, restlessness, unrest, passion
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verb

[with object]archaic
  • Bring about a high body temperature or a state of nervous excitement in.

    ‘a heart which sin has fevered’
    • ‘But like boils that erupt at separate places on the skin, they are fevered into being by one invisible short-circuited wiring in the body politic beneath.’
    • ‘Not since the Pilgrim Fathers boarded a cruise ship for new lives in the redskin-ridden plains of America has such wanderlust fevered the British brain.’

Origin

Old English fēfor, from Latin febris; reinforced in Middle English by Old French fievre, also from febris.

Pronunciation

fever

/ˈfiːvə/