# 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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for Kelvin

## 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

unit of absolute temperature scale, 1911, in honor of British physicist Sir William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907).

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Kelvin 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.

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Kelvin 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, First Baron. Title of William Thomson 1824-1907.   British mathematician and physicist known especially for his work on heat and electricity. In 1848 he proposed a scale of temperature independent of any physical substance, which became known as the Kelvin scale.
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