Definitions

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

  • adj. Somewhat hotter than temperate; having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat; moderately hot: a warm climate.
  • adj. Having the natural heat of living beings: a warm body.
  • adj. Preserving or imparting heat: a warm overcoat.
  • adj. Having or causing a sensation of unusually high body heat, as from exercise or hard work; overheated.
  • adj. Marked by enthusiasm; ardent: warm support.
  • adj. Characterized by liveliness, excitement, or disagreement; heated: a warm debate.
  • adj. Marked by or revealing friendliness or sincerity; cordial: warm greetings.
  • adj. Loving; passionate: a warm embrace.
  • adj. Excitable, impetuous, or quick to be aroused: a warm temper.
  • adj. Predominantly red or yellow in tone: a warm sunset.
  • adj. Recently made; fresh: a warm trail.
  • adj. Close to discovering, guessing, or finding something, as in certain games.
  • adj. Informal Uncomfortable because of danger or annoyance: Things are warm for the bookies.
  • transitive v. To raise slightly in temperature; make warm: warmed the rolls a bit more; warm up the house.
  • transitive v. To make zealous or ardent; enliven.
  • transitive v. To fill with pleasant emotions: We were warmed by the sight of home.
  • intransitive v. To become warm: The rolls are warming in the oven.
  • intransitive v. To become ardent, enthusiastic, or animated: began to warm to the subject.
  • intransitive v. To become kindly disposed or friendly: She felt the audience warming to her.
  • n. Informal A warming or heating.
  • warm up To prepare for an athletic event by exercising, stretching, or practicing for a short time beforehand.
  • warm up To make or become ready for an event or operation.
  • warm up To make more enthusiastic, excited, or animated.
  • warm up To approach a state of confrontation or violence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a temperature slightly higher than usual, but still pleasant; a mild temperature.
  • adj. Being something that causes warmth, or the impression thereof.
  • adj. Caring or charming, of relations to another person.
  • adj. Having a color in the red-orange-yellow part of the visible electromagnetic spectrum.
  • adj. Close, often used in the context of a game in which "warm" and "cold" are used to indicate nearness to the goal.
  • adj. Ardent, zealous.
  • v. To make or keep warm.
  • v. to become warm, to heat up
  • v. To increasingly favour.
  • n. The act of warming, or the state of being warmed; a heating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having heat in a moderate degree; not cold as, warm milk.
  • adj. Having a sensation of heat, esp. of gentle heat; glowing.
  • adj. Subject to heat; having prevalence of heat, or little or no cold weather.
  • adj. Fig.: Not cool, indifferent, lukewarm, or the like, in spirit or temper; zealous; ardent; fervent; excited; sprightly; irritable; excitable.
  • adj. Violent; vehement; furious; excited; passionate.
  • adj. Being well off as to property, or in good circumstances; forehanded; rich.
  • adj. In children's games, being near the object sought for; hence, being close to the discovery of some person, thing, or fact concealed.
  • adj. Having yellow or red for a basis, or in their composition; -- said of colors, and opposed to cold which is of blue and its compounds.
  • transitive v. To communicate a moderate degree of heat to; to render warm; to supply or furnish heat to.
  • transitive v. To make engaged or earnest; to interest; to engage; to excite ardor or zeal; to enliven.
  • intransitive v. To become warm, or moderately heated.
  • intransitive v. To become ardent or animated.
  • n. The act of warming, or the state of being warmed; a warming; a heating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a moderate degree of heat; not cold: as, warm water; warm milk; warm blood; a warm bath.
  • Heated; having the sensation of heat; exhibiting the effects of being heated to a moderate degree; hence, flushed.
  • Communicating a sensation of warmth, or a moderate degree of heat: as, a warm fire; warm weather.
  • Subject to or characterized by the prevalence of a comparatively high temperature, or of moderate heat: as, a warm climate; warm countries.
  • Intimate; close; fast: as, warm friends.
  • Hearty; earnest: as, a warm welcome; warm thanks.
  • Fresh: said of a scent or trail.
  • Close to something that is sought, as in games involving search or guessing; on the right track; on the way to success, as in searching or hunting for something.
  • Comfortable; well-off; moderately rich; in easy circumstances.
  • Comfortably fixed or placed; at home; acquainted; well adjusted.
  • Undesirable; unpleasant, as on account of unpopularity or obnoxiousness to law, etc.
  • Ardent; earnest; full of zeal, ardor, or affection; enthusiastic; zealous.
  • Animated; brisk; keen; heated; hot: as, a warm engagement.
  • Stirred up; somewhat excited; hot; nettled: as, to become warm when contradicted.
  • Having the ardor of affection or passion.
  • Having too much ardor; coarse; indelicate.
  • Synonyms Sunny, mild, close, oppressive.
  • Earnest, hearty, enthusiastic, eager.—1–6. Warm is distinctly weaker than hot, fervent, fervid, fiery, vehement, passionate.
  • n. Warmth; heat.
  • n. An act or process of warming; a heating.
  • To become warm or moderately heated; communicate warmth.
  • To warm one's self.
  • To become ardent, animated, or enthusiastic.
  • To make warm.
  • To heat up; excite ardor or zeal in; interest; animate; enliven; inspirit; give life and color to; flush; cause to glow.
  • To administer castigation to: as, I'll warm him for that piece of mischief.
  • Figuratively, to occupy.

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

  • adj. characterized by liveliness or excitement or disagreement
  • v. make warm or warmer
  • adj. having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat
  • adj. having or displaying warmth or affection
  • v. get warm or warmer
  • adj. psychologically warm; friendly and responsive
  • adj. freshly made or left
  • adj. easily aroused or excited
  • adj. uncomfortable because of possible danger or trouble
  • adj. of a seeker; near to the object sought
  • adv. in a warm manner
  • adj. (color) inducing the impression of warmth; used especially of reds and oranges and yellows
  • adj. characterized by strong enthusiasm

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English wearm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wearm, from Proto-Germanic *warmaz, with different proposed origins: (Wiktionary)
From Old English werman (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If it be summer time, the water should be used cold; if it be winter, a dash of warm must be added, so that it may be of the temperature of new milk: but do not, on any account use _very warm_ water.

    Advice to a Mother on the Management of Her Children

  • As the annual August spectacular neared, many assumed The Rock was simply keeping the title warm for Lesnar, who was decimating every opponent in his path, including Hulk Hogan.

    WWE Championship

  • She sat down on the hardest chair in her living room and primly crossed her legs, keeping her expression warm but closed.

    Game For Anything

  • The unmeaning application of the words relaxation and bracing to warm and cold baths has much prevented the use of this grateful stimulus; and the misuse of the term warm-bath, when applied to baths colder than the body, as to those of Buxton and Matlock, and to artificial baths of less than 90 degrees of heat, which ought to be termed cold ones, has contributed to mislead the unwary in their application.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • We are gettiing close to the time when I can use the term warm-up, rather than moderating temperatures.

    News & Features from Minnesota Public Radio

  • The problem here is that several years ago in Cleveland they passed a huge bond issue for school construction and they were going to divert a large part of money, a large part of it, for what they called a warm, safe and dry program.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2007

  • The problem here is that, several years ago in Cleveland, they passed a huge bond issue for school construction and they were going to divert a large part of money -- a large part of it for what they call a warm, safe and drive program.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2007

  • I have seen Steve in public a few times and he is not what you call warm, friendly, and outgoing.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • But it is possible that this could jump back over to a 3 as it's moving over what we call the warm loop current, some very warm waters.

    CNN Transcript Oct 23, 2005

  • And he has numerous memorabilia strewn around the room, whether it ` s a Hemingway book on his coffee table that was a gift from someone or candles that kind of create a warm, what he calls a warm glow for all of the people in the room.

    CNN Transcript Jun 28, 2005

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