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[pree-heet] /priˈhit/
verb (used with object)
to heat before using or before subjecting to some further process:
to preheat an oven before baking a cake.
1895-1900; pre- + heat
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preheater, noun Unabridged
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Examples for preheat
  • preheat the oven only long enough to reach the target temperature.
  • Letting the oven preheat excessively wastes gas, since no food is cooked.
  • When pineapple has finished cooking, preheat broiler.
  • Solar ventilation preheating systems preheat air as it enters a building to lessen the energy burden of heating applications.
  • Because of the above, preheat of engines as well as the cabin before starting is desirable in low temperatures.
  • The trend has been for longer furnaces having lower flue gas temperatures and increased combustion air preheat.
  • Less energy was required for cooling ambient air to this temperature, on an annual basis, than to preheat.
  • By using sunshine to heat or preheat your water, you can cut your water heating bill in half.
  • But a solar ventilation system can preheat the air, saving both energy and money.
  • Thermal energy drawn from the bottom layer is used to preheat boiler water for a local canning operation.
British Dictionary definitions for preheat


verb (transitive)
to heat (an oven, grill, pan, etc) beforehand
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