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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.
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At the next instant Natty rushed through the steams of the spring, and appeared on the terrace, without his deerskin cap, his hair burnt to his head, his shirt, of country check, black and filled with holes, and his red features of a deeper color than ever, by the heat he had encountered.
When I saw them clear red, I let them stand in that heat about five or six hours, till I found one of them, though it did not crack, did melt or run; for the sand which was mixed with the clay melted by the violence of the heat, and would have run into glass if I had gone on; so I slacked my fire gradually till the pots began to abate of the red colour; and watching them all night, that I might not let the fire abate too fast, in the morning I had three very good (I will not say handsome) pipkins, and two other earthen pots, as hard burnt as could be desired, and one of them perfectly glazed with the running of the sand.
Then sweeping away all the embers, I set down my loaf or loaves, and whelming down the earthen pot upon them, drew the embers all round the outside of the pot, to keep in and add to the heat; and thus as well as in the best oven in the world, I baked my barley-loaves, and became in little time a good pastrycook into the bargain; for I made myself several cakes and puddings of the rice; but I made no pies, neither had I anything to put into them supposing I had, except the flesh either of fowls or goats.
"Good additional heat for the sun," replied Michel Ardan, "of which the inhabitants of Uranus or Neptune would doubtless not complain; they must be perished with cold on their planets."
"Thus, my friends," said Barbicane, "all motion suddenly stopped produces heat. And this theory allows us to infer that the heat of the solar disc is fed by a hail of meteors falling incessantly on its surface.
And since breakfast Chief Inspector Heat had not managed to get anything to eat.
Chief Inspector Heat, an efficient officer of his department, stood his ground, but for a whole minute he did not advance.
By this excess of heat it obtains a larger distention, and inflates the balloon more.
"The descent, of course, is effected by lowering the heat of the cylinder, and letting the temperature abate.
de Chagny and I had repeatedly taken off our coats and put them on again, finding at one time that they made us feel still hotter and at another that they protected us against the heat. I was still making a moral resistance, but M.
The heat did not go with the daylight; on the contrary, it was now still hotter under the blue rays of the moon.
Tom and his friends were hungry in spite of the heat. Moreover, they were experienced travelers and had learned not to fret over inconveniences and discomforts.
As is usual in traveling in the tropics, a halt was made during the heated middle of the day.
'But he shall not succeed,' cried he of the little hat, 'I will make a frost come which shall make the fire ashamed and die out!' So he put his hat on straight, and at once there came such a frost that all the heat disappeared and the food on the dishes began to freeze.
But the cook answered, 'There is heat enough there; see for yourself.' Then the King saw a huge fire burning under the iron room, and understood that he could do no harm to the Six in this way.