from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Somewhat hotter than temperate; having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat; moderately hot.
  • adjective Having the natural heat of living beings.
  • adjective Preserving or imparting heat.
  • adjective Having or causing a sensation of unusually high body heat, as from exercise or hard work; overheated.
  • adjective Marked by enthusiasm; ardent.
  • adjective Characterized by liveliness, excitement, or disagreement; heated.
  • adjective Marked by or revealing friendliness or sincerity; cordial.
  • adjective Loving; passionate.
  • adjective Excitable, impetuous, or quick to be aroused.
  • adjective Predominantly red or yellow in tone.
  • adjective Recently made; fresh.
  • adjective Close to discovering, guessing, or finding something, as in certain games.
  • adjective Informal Uncomfortable because of danger or annoyance.
  • intransitive verb To raise slightly in temperature; make warm.
  • intransitive verb To make zealous or ardent; enliven.
  • intransitive verb To fill with pleasant emotions.
  • intransitive verb To become warm.
  • intransitive verb To become ardent, enthusiastic, or animated.
  • intransitive verb To become kindly disposed or friendly.
  • noun A warming or heating.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • noun Warmth; heat.


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

[Middle English, from Old English wearm.]

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From Old English werman

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From Old English wearm, from Proto-Germanic *warmaz, with different proposed origins:


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  • 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 Pye Henry Chavasse 1844

  • 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 Kevin Sullivan 2010

  • 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 Bella Andre 2010

  • 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 Erasmus Darwin 1766

  • 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 2009

  • 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 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 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 2006

  • 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 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 2005


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