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Kelvin

[kel-vin] /ˈkɛl vɪn/
noun
1.
William Thomson, 1st Baron, 1824–1907, English physicist and mathematician.
2.
(lowercase) the basic unit of temperature in the International System of Units (SI), formally defined to be approximately 1/273 of the triple point of water.
Abbreviation: K.
adjective
3.
Thermodynamics. noting or pertaining to an absolute scale of temperature (Kelvin scale) in which the degree intervals are equal to those of the Celsius scale and in which absolute zero is 0 degrees Kelvin and the triple point of water has the value of approximately 273 degrees Kelvin.
4.
Also, Kelwin
[kel-win] /ˈkɛl wɪn/ (Show IPA)
. a male given name.
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Kelvin scale

noun
1.
a thermodynamic temperature scale based upon the efficiencies of ideal heat engines. The zero of the scale is absolute zero. Originally the degree was equal to that on the Celsius scale but it is now defined so that the triple point of water is exactly 273.16 kelvins. The International Practical Temperature Scale (1968, revised 1990) realizes the Kelvin scale over a wide range of temperatures Compare Rankine scale

kelvin

/ˈkɛlvɪn/
noun
1.
the basic SI unit of thermodynamic temperature; the fraction 1/273.16 of the thermodynamic temperature of the triple point of water K

Kelvin

/ˈkɛlvɪn/
noun
1.
William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin. 1824–1907, British physicist, noted for his work in thermodynamics, inventing the Kelvin scale, and in electricity, pioneering undersea telegraphy
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Word Origin and History for kelvin scale
Kelvin
unit of absolute temperature scale, 1911, in honor of British physicist Sir William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907).
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kelvin scale in Medicine

kelvin kel·vin (kěl'vĭn)
n.
Abbr. K
A unit of temperature in the Kelvin scale equal to 1/273.16 of the absolute temperature of the triple point of pure water.

Kelvin scale n.
An absolute scale of temperature in which each degree equals one kelvin. Water freezes at 273.15 K and boils at 373.15 K. Also called absolute scale.

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kelvin scale in Science
kelvin
  (kěl'vĭn)   
The SI unit used to measure temperature, the basic unit of the Kelvin scale. A difference of one degree Kelvin corresponds to the same temperature difference as a difference of one degree Celsius. See Table at measurement. See also absolute zero.
Kelvin scale  
A scale of temperature beginning at absolute zero (-273.15°C or -459.67°F). Each degree, or kelvin, represents the same temperature increment as one degree on the Celsius scale. On the Kelvin scale water freezes at 273.15 K and boils at 373.15 K.
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kelvin scale in Culture

Kelvin scale definition


The standard temperature scale in scientific work, proposed by Lord Kelvin. A degree on the Kelvin scale is the same size as a degree on the Celsius scale, but the Kelvin scale starts at absolute zero instead of at the freezing point of water. Thus, on the Kelvin scale, absolute zero is zero degrees, ice melts at about 273 degrees, and water boils at about 373 degrees.

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kelvin

base unit of thermodynamic temperature measurement in the International System of Units (SI). It is defined as 10027,316 of the triple point (equilibrium among the solid, liquid, and gaseous phases) of pure water. The kelvin is also the fundamental unit of the Kelvin scale, an absolute temperature scale named for the British physicist William Thomson (known as Lord Kelvin). An absolute temperature scale has as its zero point absolute zero (273.15 on the Celsius temperature scale and 459.67 on the Fahrenheit temperature scale), the theoretical temperature at which the molecules of a substance have the lowest energy-hence, all values on such a scale are nonnegative. Many physical laws and formulas can be expressed more simply when an absolute temperature scale is used; accordingly, the Kelvin scale has been adopted as the international standard for scientific temperature measurement. The difference between the freezing and boiling points of water is 100 degrees in both the Kelvin and the Celsius scale; thus, the Kelvin degree has the same magnitude as the Celsius degree

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