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[hwahyt-hot, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˈhɒt, ˈwaɪt-/
extremely hot.
showing white heat.
exceedingly enthusiastic, ardent, angry, devoted, etc.; impassioned; perfervid:
a fierce, white-hot loyalty to the king.
Origin of white-hot
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The drivers approach through a white-hot slab of brilliance that could burn diamonds.
  • Both stars are white dwarfs-the dense, white-hot remnants left behind when sunlike stars die.
  • In the long term, such white-hot fanaticism may burn out and even disappear, making way for new kinds of zealotry.
  • When the tree comes out of the cylinder, it's white-hot.
  • The tall rebar towers, turned to instant chimneys, glow white-hot and vent livid five-story flames.
  • Such grief becomes buried but never quite extinguished, and sometimes white-hot emotion flares again.
  • The only honest morality displayed by either side is white-hot indignation at the iniquities of the other side.
  • The heat was an anvil and he was the white-hot point of steel beaten under the hammer.
  • As the boom peaked, the value of the homes reflected the white-hot demand for construction and other real-estate related work.
  • If so, it is undoubtedly a meteor, a fleck of space rock glowing white-hot as it races through the upper atmosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for white-hot


at such a high temperature that white light is emitted
(informal) in a state of intense emotion
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