from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by intense activity, confusion, or haste: "There was nothing feverish or hectic about his vigor” ( Erik Erikson).
- adj. Medicine Of, relating to, or being a fever that fluctuates during the day, as in tuberculosis or septicemia.
- adj. Consumptive; feverish.
- adj. Flushed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a fever, pertaining to bodily reactions characterised by flushed or dry skin.
- adj. Very busy with activity and confusion; feverish.
- n. A hectic fever.
- n. A flush like one produced by such a fever.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Habitual; constitutional; pertaining especially to slow waste of animal tissue, as in consumption
- adj. In a hectic condition; having hectic fever; consumptive.
- n. Hectic fever.
- n. A hectic flush.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Habitual; marking a particular habit or condition of body: applied to fever of the form presented in phthisis, characterized by marked diurnal remissions and exacerbations, and accompanied with flushed cheeks, hot skin, and emaciation.
- Pertaining to or affected with such fever; feverish; consumptive: as, a hectic flush.
- n. A hectic fever; a wasting away, attended by heightened color.
- n. A hectic flush.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by intense agitation or emotion
I got married in October, and to say the rest of the year has been hectic is an understatement.
The speed is hectic from the onset, but fans of urban investigative romantic fantasies will hop onto THE BRASS BED for the wild ride.
The second bit might be a bit too woo-woo for you, but specific intentions are undoubtedly a good way to stay on track in hectic times at work.
"There's a certain hectic flush, an intermittent pulse, which convinces me of your painful state, when coupled with the restlessness of the eye."
Spiekeroog, Germany - The word hectic is unknown on the East
Forget governing a state, she has managed what could only mildly be called a hectic household.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich canceled a planned Wednesday stop in Carson City amid what aides called a hectic travel schedule.
Just after we came off the air last night Fritz Henderson resigned, following what is being described as a hectic board meeting.
She recalls a hectic move from North Carolina to Washington D.C. when she forgot to pay her credit-card bill.
Okay, today I have a fan trained in the direction of my feverish brow, my feet up on a big block of ice, and a bevy of maidens singing softly in the background, to calm my mind as I recall the hectic proposal-writing process of last summer.
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