fever

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From Middle English fever, fevere, from Old English fefer, fefor(fever), from Latin febris(a fever), from ferveō(to be hot, burn, boil); or perhaps literally 'a trembling', akin to Ancient Greek φέβομαι(phébomai, to flee in terror), φόβος(phóbos, flight, panic fear, fear, terror). Replaced native Old English hriþ(fever). Compare also Saterland Frisian Fiewer, German Fieber, Danish feber, Swedish feber.

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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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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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