See also: Fever


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From Middle English fever, fevere, from Old English fefer, fefor (fever), from Latin febris (a fever), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰegʷʰ- (to burn). Replaced native Old English hriþ (fever). Compare also Saterland Frisian Fiewer, German Fieber, Danish feber, Swedish feber.



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 or anxiety.
  4. (neologism) A group of stingrays.
    • 2011, Julianne Schultz, editor, Griffith REVIEW 34: The Annual Fiction Edition:
      On the way back to the mainland the boat passed over a fever of stingrays, and the sight of them through the glass was enough to colour everything else, and outstrip it.
    • 2020, Lindsay Illich, “sea turtle”, in rile & heave (everything reminds me of you): Poems:
      They move like thoughts, like memory, like a Wes Anderson diorama of earthly delights: lionfish, an albacore, a fever of stingrays—and then like a wound, a sea turtle at eye level.
    • 2020, Sarah Elizabeth, Secrets of the Past: Ocean Academy Year 1:
      She threw up her hands in excitement and the ball of water flew right into the pathway of the fever 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
  2. To become fevered.


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