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:
1825–35

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specific heat  
See under heat capacity.
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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.

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Example sentences
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.
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