from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A period of unusually hot weather.

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  • n. A period of exceptionally hot weather.
  • n. Three consecutive days with daytime high temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wave of unusually hot weather


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  • 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.

    Over the Edge

  • 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.

    Time and Again


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