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isotherm

[ahy-suh-thurm] /ˈaɪ səˌθɜrm/
noun
1.
Meteorology. a line on a weather map or chart connecting points having equal temperature.
2.
Also called isothermal line. Physics. a curve on which every point represents the same temperature.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; back formation from isothermal
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British Dictionary definitions for isothermal-line

isotherm

/ˈaɪsəʊˌθɜːm/
noun
1.
a line on a map linking places of equal temperature
2.
(physics) a curve on a graph that connects points of equal temperature
Also called isothermal, isothermal line
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Word Origin and History for isothermal-line

isotherm

n.

1860, from French isotherme (Humboldt, 1817), from Greek iso- (see iso-) + therme "heat" (see thermal).

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isothermal-line in Science
isotherm
  (ī'sə-thûrm')   
A line drawn on a weather map connecting points that have the same temperature. Each point can mark one temperature reading or an average of several readings.
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Encyclopedia Article for isothermal-line

isotherm

line drawn on a map or chart joining points with the same temperature. Isotherms are commonly used in meteorology to show the distribution of temperature at the Earth's surface or on a chart indicating constant level or constant pressure. They are also used to show the time variation of temperature with height in the atmosphere or with depth in soil or water; the characteristics of heat flow into soil, for example, are easily visualized from a graph showing temperature as a function of depth and time. A convenient way to compare thermal climates is to plot the temperature for each location as a function of time of day (vertical axis) and time of year (horizontal axis)

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