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white heat

n.
1. The temperature or physical condition of a white-hot substance.
2. Intense emotion or excitement: working at white heat to make the deadline.

white heat

n
1. (General Physics) intense heat or a very high temperature, characterized by emission of white light
2. informal a state of intense excitement or activity

white′ heat′


n.
1. an intense heat at which a substance glows with white light.
2. a stage of intense activity or excitement.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.white heat - the hotness of something heated until it turns white
high temperature, hotness, heat - the presence of heat
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I could see that Montgomery had one of those slow, pertinacious tempers that will warm day after day to a white heat, and never again cool to forgiveness; and I saw too that this quarrel had been some time growing.
I was surprised by lightning in the midst of these luminous sheets, as though they bad been rivulets of lead melted in an ardent furnace or metallic masses brought to a white heat, so that, by force of contrast, certain portions of light appeared to cast a shade in the midst of the general ignition, from which all shade seemed banished.
Thus, in the crucible of shame amidst the white heat of naked truths, the passion that the man had felt for the girl he had considered his social inferior was transmuted into love.
Aye, sir; he must have the white heat for this kind of fine work.
Three days, at white heat, completed his narrative; but when he had copied it carefully, in a large scrawl that was easy to read, he learned from a rhetoric he picked up in the library that there were such things as paragraphs and quotation marks.
All day a merciless sun blazed down into the bay, fierce and pale, as if at white heat.
The white heat of emotion had subsided to a gentle glow of contentment conducive to thought.
For, there was Bitzer, out of breath, his thin lips parted, his thin nostrils distended, his white eyelashes quivering, his colourless face more colourless than ever, as if he ran himself into a white heat, when other people ran themselves into a glow.
With a consciously bad grace and stiff manner, as Wrayburn looked so easily and calmly on, he went out with these words, and the heavy door closed like a furnace-door upon his red and white heats of rage.
Tralee District Court was told that the Mr O'Connor, 44, was struck a number of times with a hurley "in the white heat of battle".
RENOWNED celebrity chef Marco Pierre White was in Newcastle yesterday to catch up with staff at his city centre restaurant and celebrate the 25th anniversary edition of his cult cookbook White Heat.
White Heat 25 appears in a fine 25th anniversary edition featuring photos by Bob Carlos Clarke, an oversized appearance, and discussions and recipes by one of the youngest chefs ever to earn three Michelin stars.