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absolute temperature scale

noun, Thermodynamics
temperature (absolute temperature) as measured on a scale in which the hypothetical lowest limit of physical temperatures is assigned the value zero (absolute zero) as the Kelvin scale.
Also called absolute scale. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The absolute scale, long familiar to physicists, has recently come into somewhat limited use in meteorology.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • They will be of immense advantage in giving you a sense of absolute scale.

  • One advantage that the absolute scale possesses over the others is that it has no below-zero readings.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • Scientists have been able to obtain temperatures of extreme cold far down on the absolute scale.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Psychologists tore their hair and bewailed the absence of an absolute scale for humanity.

    The Hour of Battle Robert Sheckley
  • How does one change a reading on the centigrade scale to a corresponding reading on the absolute scale?

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • The zero of the absolute scale is 460° below the zero of Fahrenheit.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • As to the temperature of the sun, we shall adopt the common estimate of about 6300°C. on the absolute scale.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
absolute scale in Medicine

absolute scale n.
See Kelvin scale.

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absolute scale in Science
absolute temperature scale  
A temperature scale having absolute zero as the lowest temperature. Absolute temperature scales only have positive numbers. The Kelvin scale and the Rankine scale are absolute temperature scales. Compare relative temperature scale.
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