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[kal-uh-rif-ik] /ˌkæl əˈrɪf ɪk/
pertaining to conversion into heat.
Origin of calorific
1675-85; < Late Latin calōrificus causing warmth, warming, equivalent to calōri- (stem of calor heat) + -ficus -fic
Related forms
calorifically, adverb
uncalorific, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for calorific
  • Polypropylene however, is destroyed simply by burning, because its calorific capacity is similar to that of oil.
  • Past research suggests that the brain thinks that sweetness is a sign of highly calorific food.
  • In theory, people should adjust their purchases of food when relative prices change so that they maximise their calorific intake.
  • Indigenous food crops are neglected while the potato is pushed as a calorific panacea.
  • But it is of low quality, with a high ash content and low calorific value.
  • Nitrogen content and the calorific value of the volatiles of the parent coals with volatile matter.
  • The term calorific value is synonymous to the heating value.
  • Charcoal, having a low sulfur content and high calorific value, compares favorably with other types of solid fuel.
  • Specially adapted turbines have been developed that can burn these low-calorific-value gases.
  • The high heating value can be obtained from standard calorific determinations.
British Dictionary definitions for calorific


of, concerning, or generating heat
Derived Forms
calorifically, adverb
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