the property or quality by which matter permits the passage of heat. — transcalent. adj.
A glaring, summery heat covered everything like a layer of glass —Jean Thompson The heat came down on you like a leaden mantle, stifling you as it did so —Dominique Lapierre [Midsummer] heat closed in like a hand over a murder victim’s mouth —Truman Capote Heat fell on her like a blanket —Julia O’Faolain Heat gathers like fog —Angela Carter Heat … heavy as water —Dan Jacobson The heat … hung like a hot dust vapor —H. E. Bates Heat lay on the pavement like a tired dog in the doorway of a house —Aharon Megged Heat shimmered and bent the fields like the landscape was a reflection in an old mirror —Will Weaver The heat thick as a swamp —Margaret Atwood Heat thick as jelly —Elizabeth Enright The heat was like a tyrant who hated his subjects —William H. Hallhan The heat was like a wasting disease —T. Coraghessan Boyle Heat waves … rising … like fumes off kerosene —Larry McMurtry Heat waves rose writhing like fine wavy hair —Wallace Stegner (Sun) hot as a blast furnace —Raymond Chandler Hot as a blister —Sir Francis C. Burnand Hot as a draft from hell —William H. Gass Hot as a four-alarm fire —H. C. Witwer Hot as a fox —Elizabeth Spencer Hot as a jungle —T. Coraghessan Boyle Hot as a mink in Africa —Reynolds Price Hot as an oven —The Holy Bible
- The days were like hot coals —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Writers and speakers have long repeated and enlarged upon this simile, changing the descriptive frame of reference altogether or switching from the oven to what comes out of it. Some of these old-timers include: “Hot
as hell-fire” (John Dryden), “Hot as hate” (Hamlin Garland), “Hot as hammered hell/hot as hammered lightning” (American colloquialisms) and “Hot as a basted turkey” (Will Carleton). (On some nights, New York is as) hot as Bangkok —Saul Bellow Hot as live ash —Beryl Markham (I am as) hot as molten lead, and as heavy too —William Shakespeare (I’m) hot as shit —Richard Ford (Even the fog that day was) hot as soup —Marge Piercy Hot as the business end of a pistol —Delmore Schwartz Hot as the hinges of hell —Babs H. Deal The hot days pressed people flat as irons —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer Hot, like a furnace room —Frank Conroy It was like being inside a radiator —David Brierley It was more than hot: it was like being under a damp blanket in the tropics —Laurie Colwin Scorches like nettles —Babette Deutsch Steaming [from hot weather] like crabs in a soup pot —Margaret Laurence (The shallow ditches were) steaming like fresh cowflap —Paul Theroux [A hot bath] steams like a bowl of soup —Margaret Atwood (She was) trapped between the heat of the sun and the heat rising from the earth. It was like being struck simultaneously by gusts of fire from above and from below —Margaret Millar Warm as a newborn child —William Alfred Warm as summer —Walter Savage Landor Warm as veins —Ted Hughes (The water is) warm like my blood —Marge Piercy (A novel that) warms like a hug —Anon book blurb, quoted in advertisement from San Francisco Chronicle
- As a preliminary race for a sporting contest, it is so called because of its intensity.
See also related terms for intensity .
In informal English, if you want to emphasize how hot the weather is, you can say that it is boiling or scorching.
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