calefaction

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

calefaction (plural calefactions)

  1. The act of warming or heating.
  2. The state or condition of being heated.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, episode 17:
    What advantages were possessed by an occupied, as distinct from an unoccupied bed? The removal of nocturnal solitude, the superior quality of human (mature female) to inhuman (hotwaterjar) calefaction.

References[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.