American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A period of unusually hot weather.
- n. idiomatic A period of exceptionally hot weather.
- n. US Three consecutive days with daytime high temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
- n. a wave of unusually hot weather
“All of them had been written during the summer of ’46, and from the reporter’s breathless tone, the couple had been a serious item: holding hands in the winner’s circle at Santa Anita; enjoying a champagne supper at the Hollywood Bowl; weathering an August heat wave by watching the tide roll in from the air-conditioned lounge of the Albacore Club.”
“As just one example: the environmentalist filmmaker Judith Helfand is making a film about a massive heat wave in Chicago in 1995 that killed about six hundred people.87 She explains that the greatest common denominator among the victims was that they were socially isolated.”
“An attractive woman, Dr. Fellows also had large blue eyes whose warmth of expression she controlled with an inner thermostat that appeared to be able to go from a heat wave to an ice age in an instant.”
“The Boys licked their lips, looking around in a palpable heat wave of greed, while Warren took a wrinkled sheet of yellow legal-pad paper from his hip pocket — the Boys were all wearing old army fatigue jackets, jump boots, and jeans now rather than their trademark stripes — and consulted his shopping list.”
“A real Indian-summer heat wave with no air conditioning.”
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