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Webster 1913 Edition


Fever

Fe′ver

(fē′vẽr)
,
Noun.
[OE.
fever
,
fefer
, AS.
fefer
,
fefor
, L.
febris
: cf. F.
fièvre
. Cf.
Febrile
.]
1.
(Med.)
A diseased state of the system, marked by increased heat, acceleration of the pulse, and a general derangement of the functions, including usually, thirst and loss of appetite. Many diseases, of which fever is the most prominent symptom, are denominated fevers;
as, typhoid
fever
; yellow
fever
.
Remitting fevers subside or abate at intervals; intermitting fevers intermit or entirely cease at intervals; continued or continual fevers neither remit nor intermit.
2.
Excessive excitement of the passions in consequence of strong emotion; a condition of great excitement;
as, this quarrel has set my blood in a
fever
.
An envious
fever

Of pale and bloodless emulation.
Shakespeare
After life’s fitful
fever
he sleeps well.
Shakespeare
Brain fever
,
Continued fever
,
etc. See under
Brain
,
Continued
, etc.
Fever and ague
,
a form of fever recurring in paroxysms which are preceded by chills. It is of malarial origin.
Fever blister
(Med.)
,
a blister or vesicle often found about the mouth in febrile states; a variety of herpes.
Fever bush
(Bot.)
,
the wild allspice or spice bush. See
Spicewood
.
Fever powder
.
Same as
Jame's powder
.
Fever root
(Bot.)
,
an American herb of the genus
Triosteum
(
Triosteum perfoliatum
); – called also
feverwort
and
horse gentian
.
Fever sore
,
a carious ulcer or necrosis.
Miner.

Fe′ver

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Fevered
(fē′vẽrd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Fevering
.]
To put into a fever; to affect with fever;
as, a
fevered
lip
.
[R.]
The white hand of a lady
fever
thee.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Fever

FE'VER

,
Noun.
[L. febris, supposed to be so written by transposition for ferbis, or fervis, from ferbeo, ferveo, to be hot.]
1.
A disease, characterized by an accelerated pulse, with increase of heat, impaired functions, diminished strength, and often with preternatural thirst. This order of diseases is called by Cullen pyrexy, Gr. Fevers are often or generally preceded by chills or rigors, called the cold stage of the disease. Fevers are of various kinds, but the principal division of fevers is into remitting fevers, which subside or abate at intervals; intermitting fevers, which intermit or entirely cease at intervals; and continued or continual fevers, which neither remit nor intermit.
2.
Heat; agitation; excitement by any thing that strongly affects the passions. This news has given me a fever. This quarrel has set my blood in a fever .

FE'VER

,
Verb.
T.
To put in a fever.

Definition 2019


Fever

Fever

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German Low German

Noun

Fever n (plural Fevers)

  1. fever

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References

  • Der neue SASS: Plattdeutsches Wörterbuch, Plattdeutsch - Hochdeutsch, Hochdeutsch - Plattdeutsch. Plattdeutsche Rechtschreibung, sixth revised edition (2011, ISBN 978-3-529-03000-0, Wachholtz Verlag, Neumünster)

fever

fever

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English

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Noun

fever (countable and uncountable, plural fevers)

  1. A higher than normal body temperature of a person (or, generally, a mammal), usually caused by disease.
    "I have a fever. I think I've the flu."
  2. (usually in combination with one or more preceding words) Any of various diseases.
    scarlet fever
  3. A state of excitement (of a person or people).
    • Shakespeare
      an envious fever
  4. A group of stingrays.

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Verb

fever (third-person singular simple present fevers, present participle fevering, simple past and past participle fevered)

  1. To put into a fever; to affect with fever.
    a fevered lip
    The white hand of a lady fever thee. Shakespeare.