Definition of oven-like in US English:



  • Extremely hot.

    ‘we were holed up in an oven-like room for three and a half hours’
    • ‘When we arrived, the woman who checked us in struggled to get the key for our room to work, while we waited in the oven-like hallway.’
    • ‘It was a jagged wasteland of ovenlike heat, frantic mosquitoes, and unfordable, unsanitary rivers.’
    • ‘The coastal heat created oven-like conditions in the tombs and dried the contents out, thus preserving them.’
    • ‘And these buildings, too, were comfortable on even the most ovenlike of days.’
    • ‘He endured oven-like heat, thirst and exhaustion to reach Aksum, the ancient kingdom where the Ark of the Covenant is said to be housed.’
    • ‘Every summer we cook slowly in our oven-like office.’
    • ‘This "urban heat island effect" occurs because pavements and ovenlike black-tar roofs absorb and reflect back heat.’
    • ‘It was a humid oven-like late August day across most of the midwest.’
    • ‘In recent days, Shanghai has reached oven-like temperatures due to the sun.’
    • ‘Some nights as I sweated and coughed under the mosquito netting in my oven-like room I couldn't remember why I had thought that coming to Uganda was such a good idea.’
    • ‘In the oven-like heat of the early afternoon, after several stops at roadside coffee-houses, they passed the stone pillars which indicated the beginning of the sacred territory.’
    • ‘We were holed up in an ovenlike room for three and a half hours.’
    very warm, balmy, summery, tropical, boiling, boiling hot, blazing hot, baking, scorching, roasting, searing, flaming, parching, blistering
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