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specific heat

noun, Physics.
1.
the number of calories required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of a substance 1°C, or the number of BTU's per pound per degree F.
2.
(originally) the ratio of the thermal capacity of a substance to that of standard material.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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Examples from the web for specific heat
  • Neodymium also possesses a high specific heat at extremely low temperatures.
  • The specific heat of air is low ie: little heat large temperature increase.
  • There is no relationship at all between thermal conductivity and specific heat.
  • Water has a high specific heat index-it absorbs a lot of heat before it begins to get hot.
  • For a temperature sensitive rate, the specific heat of the reactants is critically important.
  • Thermal properties measured included specific heat, vapor pressure, and heat of formation.
specific heat in Science
specific heat  
See under heat capacity.
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specific heat in Culture

specific heat definition


The amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance by one degree Celsius, or to raise the temperature of one pound of a substance by one degree Fahrenheit.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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