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Hete, Heit, n. Also: het, hette, heitt, heid, hey(i)t, heet, heat, haet, hait; hett, hat(t. [ME. (hette, heite,) het, hete, OE. hǽte, hǽtu.]

1. Heat, in physical and transferred senses.(1) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 970.
This day with me thu sall ete Eftyr trawel and the hete
Ib. xliii. 357.
We thole now cald & het
c1420 Wynt. i. 1171.
Quhar na man dare repayre na duelle For het off swn
Ib. iii. 950.
The smyth wytht-in, quhen he felde hete [etc.]
1456 Hay II. 129/30.
Than begynnis drouthis and grete hete of sonne to regne
Ib. 143/19.
Quhen man passis … fra grete hete to grete caulde
c1475 Wall. iii. 2.
The flouris suete, … engenered through the heet
Ib. iv. 2.
In September, … Quhen passyt by the hycht was off the hette
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 310/16.
The south for oure cruell hetis and the north for oure wehement caldis are inhabitable
1513 Doug. v. v. 19.
He semyt … pantand for the hete
Ib. viii. iv. 165 (R).
The caue did gleuin of the hete
1531 Bell. Boece I. 133/11.
His eldest bruther … decessit in Italy be intollerabill hetis of that region
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 116.
The gret heit of the sone
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1225.
In hell of corporale fyre is huge heit
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 89.
Wanderand in wa, … In cauld and heit
1531 Bell. Boece II. 228.
The frute and cornis, throw insufferabil heitis of the simer, failyeit
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 815.
Thay sufferit nother heit nor cald
c1590 J. Stewart 86/216.
Quhan fair Phebus vith his heit seueir Did brymlie byrne
1596 Dalr. I. 5/11.
Cæsar said, he fand heit and calde les vehement in Scotlande than in France
1596-7 Misc. Spald. C. I. 87.
Quhilk scheittis quhow sone thow knew hed takin heitt about hir heid
(c) 1513 Doug. iii. viii. 139.
The stew of byrnand heyt … that doith to hevyn rebound
Ib. xii. Prol. 55.
Fyschis … Ourthwort cleir stremys sprynkland for the heyt
1531 Bell. Boece (M) II. 118/7.
Throw insufferable heyittis of the sommyr
1549 Compl. 53/24.
Ane fervent heyt that ascendis fra the sone
(d) a1500 Prestis of Peblis (1603) 534.
Throw kynd of ȝeir and hait of that regioun
(2) a1400 Leg. S. xxv. 434.
The child na kyndly het cuth tak
1456 Hay II. 158/12.
The naturale hete of mannis body
a1500 Henr. III. 152/67.
Gud for haising, and hosting, or heit at the hairt
a1500 Rauf C. 831.
Thay hewit on in haist, Thay worthit heuy with heid and angerit with all
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 222.
Me think ther haldis ȝow a hete, as ȝe sum harme alyt
1513 Doug. vii. viii. 43.
He held doun swymmand … To cuyll hys heyt
1535 Stewart 35755.
Richt oft he fell into ane glowand heit
1551 Hamilton Cat. 177.
The vehement hait of carnal concupiscence
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4781.
Wantones had the wyte, and heit of blude was aboundant
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 1576.
I knaw na liquor … To quench his deidlie drouth, Except the Cherrie help his heit
1611-57 Mure Dido and Æn. iii. 483.
The native heit her limmes abandon'd quite
(3) a1400 Leg. S. xxv. 681.
Sancte Blase answert but het
1456 Hay I. 196/14.
Quhat … a man dois in hete of brethe of ire
Ib. 285/23.
Be malice or hete, woodues [etc.]
1513 Doug. ix. iii. 72.
Quhen Turnus thus in hys iniuryus heit Admonyst hes hys pepill
1533 Boece iii. xxi. 122 b.
Be sic ire and hete thai recounterit
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 109.
Tha ar cum drye with lust and caruall heit
(4) 1456 Hay I. 273/5.
Quhen the bataill war in … the maist hete of the fechting
a1500 Henr. III. 147/39.
The low of luf haldand the hete Vnbrynt full blithlie birnis
1513 Doug. iv. Prol. 154.
Ȝong fulys … , Quhilk be resson lyst not thar heyt refreyn
1562-3 Winȝet I. 133/12.
Without the heit of cheritie
1570 Sat. P. xxi. 95.
Thir haistie heitis sa sall ȝe slokin
1600-1610 Melvill 122.
The … hatt of his zeall to haiff reformation in the kirk
Ib. 137.
In the hat of it [sc. the fever]

2. A heating. Also fig. c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvi. 77.
In dance thay war sa slaw of feit, Thay gaif thame in the fyre a heit
1513 Doug. xiii. Prol. 130.
Thus sare me dredis I sal thoill a heit

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