One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The temperature or state of something that is so hot that it emits white light.
- ‘A gout of white heat erupted from the star in the centre of the reactor, fusing metal and spewing out into space.’
- ‘At high temperatures, objects radiate intense light across the visible spectrum - that's white heat.’
- ‘Sometimes he would see the Bunsen burners on, the shooting blue flame and jet white heat.’
- 1.1in singular A state of intense passion or activity.
- ‘He was his own white heat now, streaking across the pitch-dark eyes of another man, alive in a future he once could only wish for, in a world open to every possibility.’
- ‘But Hadrill, who took over the ABI in May, is no stranger to the white heat of politics.’
- ‘For Celtic's French defender has shown a propensity for injudicious decision-making when finding himself in the white heat of colossal continental confrontations.’
- ‘Ordinary Americans did make money in the 1990s, though with the boom at white heat, 86 percent of the gains accrued to the top 10 percent.’
- ‘Love affairs, forged in the white heat of lust, are extinguished just as quickly by a fleeting glance from a beautiful stranger.’
- ‘Their league form has been inconsistent (currently lying in mid table) yet in the white heat of the championship they have produced some of their best moments.’
- ‘His belief in his polemical fable, Keneally tells me from his home in Sydney, stems from the fact it was urgently written - ‘in the white heat of anger’ - from the heart.’
- ‘He was also part of a broader nineteenth century romantic era that found Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Brahms's friend Robert Schumann writing at white heat.’
- ‘It is a record galvanised by boxing, funk, politics, black power, hard rock and the white heat of a creative peak in the recording studio that extended from early 1969 to the summer of 1970.’
- ‘I'm not sure that fiction should be written at white heat, but I had to do it; even if some people think it's a foolish novel.’
- ‘There is a long history of romance blossoming in the white heat of the Olympic Winter Games.’
- ‘Against the white heat of cricket's Ashes series, some suggest that football has gone cold.’
- ‘I expect Kearins to put out an experienced side as experience will be vital in the white heat of Connacht Senior Championship football.’
- ‘At the time there was a white heat in transport technology.’
- ‘There would be a white heat of new ideas, invention, fortunes being made and fortunes being lost.’
- ‘The music's lyricism, irony, sarcasm, and bittersweet triumph find the composer writing at white heat.’
- ‘The white heat of Club Championship football will be on display once again on Sunday next at 4.30 in Breaffy when these great rivals of West Mayo, Ballintubber and Breaffy meet in a vital Championship match.’
- ‘Much of the book is relentlessly polemical and was obviously written in a white heat in the aftermath of the revelations.’
- ‘Bangkok overloads you with life, with white heat and hassle, with seediness and enterprise, with extortion and ancient beliefs.’
- ‘Consequently the men in black - and now also a full range of sparkly yellow, red, green and gold - are obliged to enforce the new regimes in the white heat of a World Cup match.’
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