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heat

1. slang Adverse, hostile criticism. The senator has been facing a lot of heat in the media for his involvement in the scandal.
2. slang Intense pressure. Their defensive line has been cranking up on the heat on the other team's quarterback. We've been feeling a lot of heat from the government to improve our security infrastructure.
3. slang Increased police activity in response to some criminal activity. We'll have to wait until the heat dies down a bit before we try to sell the stolen goods.
4. slang One or more firearms, especially a handgun. Make sure you're packing heat before you meet with the rival gang leader. He lifted up his shirt to show them the heat he had tucked in his belt.

the heat

1. Central heating. Don't leave the heat on all night, or our energy bills will go through the roof! It's freezing in here! How long has the heat been off?
2. slang Intense police activity or pressure, especially following some crime. Tom's going to have to hide out until the heat is off. Could be a couple of months.
3. slang The police, collectively. The heat is showing a heavy presence in anticipation of the protests.
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heat

1. and the heat n. the police. (Underworld.) The heat is gonna catch up with you, Ernie.
2. n. pressure. The boss put some heat on Willy, and things are moving faster now.
3. n. a gun; armaments. (see also heater.) Lefty has his heat on him at all times.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"They have even calculated," continued the imperturbable Barbicane, "that the shock of each meteor on the sun ought to produce a heat equal to that of 4,000 masses of coal of an equal bulk."
"No," replied Barbicane, "because the terrestrial atmosphere absorbs four-tenths of the solar heat; besides, the quantity of heat intercepted by the earth is but a billionth part of the entire radiation."
"And to compensate that," said Barbicane, "the nights have the same length; and as heat is restored by radiation, their temperature can only be that of the planetary space."
Chief Inspector Heat, an efficient officer of his department, stood his ground, but for a whole minute he did not advance.
Chief Inspector Heat, bending forward over the table in a gingerly and horrified manner, let him run on.
No physiologist, and still less of a metaphysician, Chief Inspector Heat rose by the force of sympathy, which is a form of fear, above the vulgar conception of time.
Overcoming his physical repugnance, Chief Inspector Heat stretched out his hand without conviction for the salving of his conscience, and took up the least soiled of the rags.
Chief Inspector Heat got out of the train in a state of thoughtfulness entirely untainted with disloyalty, but not quite free of that jealous mistrust which so often springs on the ground of perfect devotion, whether to women or to institutions.
Under these conditions which make for irascibility in a sound, normal man, this meeting was specially unwelcome to Chief Inspector Heat. He had not been thinking of the Professor; he had not been thinking of any individual anarchist at all.
They were his fellow-citizens gone wrong because of imperfect education, Chief Inspector Heat believed; but allowing for that difference, he could understand the mind of a burglar, because, as a matter of fact, the mind and the instincts of a burglar are of the same kind as the mind and the instincts of a police officer.
A calorifere to produce the changes of temperature, and a cylinder to generate the heat, are neither inconvenient nor heavy.
The cylinder once lighted, the hydrogen in the spiral and in the concave cone becomes heated, and rapidly ascends through the pipe that leads to the upper part of the balloon.
The reason why I could not go naked was, I could not bear the heat of the sun so well when quite naked as with some clothes on; nay, the very heat frequently blistered my skin: whereas, with a shirt on, the air itself made some motion, and whistling under the shirt, was twofold cooler than without it.
After this, I spent a great deal of time and pains to make an umbrella; I was, indeed, in great want of one, and had a great mind to make one; I had seen them made in the Brazils, where they are very useful in the great heats there, and I felt the heats every jot as great here, and greater too, being nearer the equinox; besides, as I was obliged to be much abroad, it was a most useful thing to me, as well for the rains as the heats.
We were beginning literally to die of heat, hunger and thirst...