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warmup

[wawrm-uhp] /ˈwɔrmˌʌp/
noun
1.
an act or instance of warming up:
The spectators came early to watch the players go through their warmups. The dancers went through a quick warmup.
2.
the period before a radio or television broadcast when the audience is entertained so that it will be more receptive to the actual program.
3.
Also, warm up. the time lapse between turning on the power in an electronic component or device and the time it is operable.
4.
Often, warmups. any apparel, especially a sweat suit, worn over other clothing for warmth, chiefly in sports or during preliminary exercise.
Also, warm-up.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; noun use of verb phrase warm up
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British Dictionary definitions for warm-up

warm up

verb (adverb)
1.
to make or become warm or warmer
2.
(intransitive) to exercise in preparation for and immediately before a game, contest, or more vigorous exercise
3.
to get ready for something important; prepare
4.
to run or operate (an engine, etc) until the normal working temperature or condition is attained, or (of an engine, etc) to undergo this process
5.
to make or become more animated or enthusiastic the party warmed up when Tom came
6.
to reheat (already cooked food) or (of such food) to be reheated
7.
(transitive) to make (an audience) relaxed and receptive before a show, esp a television comedy show
noun
8.
the act or an instance of warming up
9.
a preparatory exercise routine
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