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heat wave

noun
1.
an air mass of high temperature covering an extended area and moving relatively slowly.
2.
a period of abnormally hot and usually humid weather.
Origin of heat wave
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • A third kind of wave which goes forth in the ether from the spark gap of our coil is a heat wave.

  • Claire was horrified at the effect of this heat wave on Sophie Blake.

    The Independence of Claire Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Here we were in the middle of a heat wave, the thermometer nudging ninety, and the old guy's wrist is like an icicle!

    The Scapegoat Richard Maples
  • Because, five weeks later, there was a heat wave in the Red Sea, and everybody took off all the clothes they had.

    Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling
  • May's glowing sun, shining through the scantily covered branches, made dancing motes of heat wave above the surface of red clay.

    A Tar-Heel Baron Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
British Dictionary definitions for heat wave

heat wave

noun
1.
a continuous spell of abnormally hot weather
2.
(not in technical use) an extensive slow-moving air mass at a relatively high temperature
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