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warm Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb get warm or warmer
    warm up.
    • The soup warmed slowly on the stove
  2. verb make warm or warmer
    • The blanket will warm you
  3. adjective having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat
    • a warm body
    • a warm room
    • a warm climate
    • a warm coat
  4. adjective psychologically warm; friendly and responsive
    • a warm greeting
    • a warm personality
    • warm support
  5. adjective (color) inducing the impression of warmth; used especially of reds and oranges and yellows
    • warm reds and yellows and orange
  6. adjective satellite having or displaying warmth or affection
    lovesome; affectionate; tender; fond.
    • affectionate children
    • a fond embrace
    • fond of his nephew
    • a tender glance
    • a warm embrace
  7. adjective satellite freshly made or left
    • a warm trail
    • the scent is warm
  8. adjective satellite easily aroused or excited
    • a quick temper
    • a warm temper
  9. adjective satellite characterized by strong enthusiasm
    • ardent revolutionaries
    • warm support
  10. adjective satellite characterized by liveliness or excitement or disagreement
    • a warm debate
  11. adjective satellite uncomfortable because of possible danger or trouble
    • made things warm for the bookies
  12. adjective satellite of a seeker; near to the object sought
    • you're getting warm
    • hot on the trail
  13. adverb in a warm manner
    • warmly dressed
    • warm-clad skiers

Warm adjective
AS. wearm; akin to OS., OFries., D., & G. warm, Icel. varmr, Sw. & Dan. varm, Goth. warmjan to warm; probably akin to Lith. virti to cook, boil; or perhaps to Skr. gharma heat, OL. formus warm. , .
comparative Warmer; superlative Warmest
  1. Having heat in a moderate degree; not cold as, warm milk. "Whose blood is warm within." Shak.
    Warm and still is the summer night. Longfellow.
  2. Having a sensation of heat, esp. of gentle heat; glowing.
  3. Subject to heat; having prevalence of heat, or little or no cold weather; as, the warm climate of Egypt.
  4. Fig.: Not cool, indifferent, lukewarm, or the like, in spirit or temper; zealous; ardent; fervent; excited; sprightly; irritable; excitable.
    Mirth, and youth, and warm desire! Milton.
    Each warm wish springs mutual from the heart. Pope.
    They say he's warm man and does not care to be mad mouths at. Addison.
    I had been none of the warmest of partisans. Hawthor.
  5. Violent; vehement; furious; excited; passionate; as, a warm contest; a warm debate.
    Welcome, daylight; we shall have warm work on't. Dryden.
  6. Being well off as to property, or in good circumstances; forehanded; rich. Colloq.
    Warm householders, every one of them. W. Irving.
    You shall have a draft upon him, payable at sight: and let me tell you he as warm a man as any within five miles round him. Goldsmith.
  7. In children's games, being near the object sought for; hence, being close to the discovery of some person, thing, or fact concealed. Colloq.
    Here, indeed, young Mr. Dowse was getting "warm," children say at blindman's buff. Black.
  8. (Paint.) Having yellow or red for a basis, or in their composition; -- said of colors, and opposed to cold which is of blue and its compounds. Syn. -- Ardent; zealous; fervent; glowing; enthusiastic; cordial; keen; violent; furious; hot.
Warm transitive verb
AS. wearmian. See Warm, a.
imperfect & past participle Warmed ; present participle & verbal noun Warming
  1. To communicate a moderate degree of heat to; to render warm; to supply or furnish heat to; as, a stove warms an apartment.
    Then shall it [an ash tree] be for a man to burn; for he will take thereof and warm himself. Isa. xliv 15
    Enough to warm, but not enough to burn. Longfellow.
  2. To make engaged or earnest; to interest; to engage; to excite ardor or zeal; to enliven.
    I formerly warmed my head with reading controversial writings. Pope.
    Bright hopes, that erst bosom warmed. Keble.
Warm intransitive verb
AS. wearmian.
  1. To become warm, or moderately heated; as, the earth soon warms in a clear day summer.
    There shall not be a coal to warm at. Isa. xlvii. 14.
  2. To become ardent or animated; as, the speake warms as he proceeds.
Warm noun
  1. The act of warming, or the state of being warmed; a warming; a heating. Colloq. Dickens.

Webster 1913