Pronunciation: (wôrm),[key] —adj.,-er, -est, —v., n.
—adj. 1. having or giving out a moderate degree of heat, as perceived by the senses: a warm bath. 2. of or at a moderately high temperature; characterized by comparatively high temperature: a warm oven; a warm climate; a warm summer. 3. having a sensation of bodily heat: to be warm from fast walking. 4. conserving or maintaining warmth or heat: warm clothes. 5. (of colors) suggestive of warmth; inclining toward red or orange rather than toward green or blue.
6. characterized by or showing lively feelings, passions, emotions, sympathies, etc.: a warm heart; warm interest. 7. strongly attached; intimate: warm friends. 8. cordial or hearty: a warm welcome. 9. heated, irritated, or angry: to become warm when contradicted. 10. animated, lively, brisk, or vigorous: a warm debate. 11. strong or fresh: a warm scent. 12. close to something sought, as in a game.
13. uncomfortable or unpleasant: His opponents made things so warm that he decided to quit. 14. Brit. Informal.well off; in easy circumstances.
—v.t. 1. to make warm; heat (often fol. by up): to warm one's hands; to warm up a room. 2. to heat or cook (something) for reuse, as leftovers (usually fol. by over or up): to warm up yesterday's stew. 3. to excite enthusiasm, ardor, cheerfulness, or vitality in (someone): The wine soon warmed the company. 4. to inspire with kindly feeling; affect with lively pleasure: It warms my soul to hear you say that. 5. to fill (a person, crowd, etc.) with strong feelings, as hatred, anger, or zeal: Restrictions had warmed the crew to the point of mutiny.
—v.i. 1. to become warm or warmer (often fol. by up): The room will warm up when the fire gets going. 2. to become ardent, enthusiastic, animated, etc. (often fol. by up or to): The speaker quickly warmed to her subject. 3. to grow kindly, friendly, or sympathetically disposed (often fol. by to or toward): My heart warms toward him. 4. warm down,to conclude or follow a period of strenuous physical exercise by walking or gentle stretching.
5. warm the bench,Sports.to serve as a substitute who rarely plays in a game: The young outfielder warmed the bench for the Yankees last season. 6. warm up, a. to prepare for a game, sports contest, dance, etc., by moderate exercise or practice beforehand.
b. to increase in excitement, intensity, violence, etc.: The racial situation was warming up. c. to become friendlier or more receptive: No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't warm up to that proposal. d. Radio and Television.to entertain (an audience) prior to a broadcast to increase receptiveness.
—n. Informal.a warming: Sit by the fire and have a nice warm.