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heat (hēt)

  1. A form of energy associated with the motion of atoms or molecules and capable of being transmitted through solid and fluid media by conduction, through fluid media by convection, and through empty space by radiation.

  2. The sensation or perception of such energy as warmth or hotness.

  3. An abnormally high bodily temperature, as from a fever.

  4. Estrus.

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