fever

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From Middle English, from Old French fievre, reinforced by native Old English fēfor, from Latin febris (a fever), from ferveō (to be hot, burn, boil); or perhaps literally 'a trembling', akin to Greek φέβεσθαι (phébesthai, to flee affrighted), φόβος (phóbos, flight, panic fear, fear, terror).

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fever (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 caught a cold."
  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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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.

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