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Kelvin

Kelvin

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noun


(1)   British physicist who invented the Kelvin scale of temperature and pioneered undersea telegraphy (1824-1907)
(2)   The basic unit of thermodynamic temperature adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
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Etymology


Named after the Irish-born Scottish physicist William Thomson, Lord Kelvin.

Noun



  1. In the International System of Units, the base unit of thermodynamic temperature; 1/273.16 of the thermodynamic temperature of the triple point of water. Shown as "K".
  2. A unit interval on the Kelvin scale.
    The interval between the freezing and boiling points of water is 100 kelvins.
  3. A unit for a specific temperature on the Kelvin scale.
    Ice melts above 273.16 kelvin.
    Water boils above 373.16 kelvin.

Synonyms

degree Celsius, degree absolute , degree Kelvin , degree kelvin degree absolute , degree Kelvin , degree kelvin

See also

  • kelvin (K) – entry in How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement