When something hots up, it becomes more active or exciting.
an oasis in W China, in the Taklimakan Shamo desert of central Xinjiang, around the seasonal Hotan River
to act, perform, etc. with great spirit or enthusiasm
If you say that someone's claims or promises are just hot air, you are criticizing them because they are made mainly to impress people and have no real value or meaning .
A hot dog is a long bread roll with a hot sausage inside it.
A hot key is a key, or a combination of keys, on a computer keyboard that you can press in order to make something happen, without having to type the full instructions .
meat or fish and potatoes cooked together in a tightly covered pot
A hot rod is a fast car used for racing, especially an old car fitted with a new engine .
A hot tub is a very large, round bath which several people can sit in together .
Red-hot metal or rock has been heated to such a high temperature that it has turned red.
a protected enclosure, usually made of concrete, containing shielded windows and manipulators operated by remote control, used to handle radioactive materials, as for processing, testing, etc.
a comblike device that is heated, usually electrically, and used to straighten or style the hair
If employees hot-desk, they are not assigned particular desks and work at any desk that is available.
an electric fence surrounding a farm
A hot flash is the same as a → hot flush .
A hot flush is a sudden hot feeling in the skin which women often experience at the time of the menopause.
If you hot-foot it somewhere, you go there in a hurry .
a hot issue is a shares issue which sells at more than the public offer price on the first day of trading
jazz which is extremely emotionally intense and features a lot of improvisation
a powerful light used in television production
a means of direct communication for use in emergency or crisis ; specif., a direct telephone line between government leaders
A hot link is a word or phrase in a hypertext document that can be selected in order to access additional information .
metallic type cast into shape in the molten state
capital transferred from one financial centre to another seeking the highest interest rates or the best opportunity for short-term gain, esp from changes in exchange rates
a hot towel, dressing, or the like, applied to the body to reduce swelling, relieve pain, etc
very brief skin-tight shorts, worn by young women
a small, portable device for cooking food, usually with only one or two gas or electric burners
a pool or spring that is heated geothermally
a hot press is an airing cupboard for clothes
any of several highly spiced, pungent condiments, esp. one containing some type of pepper or chili
a precarious, difficult, or dangerous position
If you say that someone thinks they are hot shit, you mean they think are very good at their job or career, or impressive in some other way, but you think they are not
an accessory shoe on a camera through which electrical contact is made to an electronic flash device
You can refer to an exciting place where there is a lot of activity or entertainment as a hot spot .
If you think that someone or something is hot stuff, you find them exciting or sexually attractive.
a piece of journalism or commentary in which a personal opinion is presented forcefully without supporting evidence
To set a trend means to do something that becomes accepted or fashionable, and that a lot of other people copy .
trouble ; difficulty
If someone, especially a thief, hot-wires a car, they start its engine using a piece of wire rather than the key .
to shape (metal) when hot
a form of yoga in which traditional exercises are performed at high temperature and humidity
a variable area towards the end of a line of text that informs the operator that a decision must be taken as to whether to hyphenate or begin a new line
If something is white-hot, it is extremely hot .
If you describe someone as hot-blooded, you mean that they are very quick to express their emotions, especially anger and love .
A hot button is a subject or problem that people have very strong feelings about.