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superheat

[n. soo-per-heet; v. soo-per-heet] /n. ˈsu pərˌhit; v. ˌsu pərˈhit/
noun
1.
the state of being superheated.
2.
the amount of superheating.
verb (used with object)
3.
to heat to an extreme degree or to a very high temperature.
4.
to heat (a liquid) above its boiling point without the formation of bubbles of vapor.
5.
to heat (a gas, as steam not in contact with water) to such a degree that its temperature may be lowered or its pressure increased without the conversion of any of the gas into liquid.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; super- + heat
Related forms
superheater, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for superheater

superheat

/ˌsuːpəˈhiːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to heat (a vapour, esp steam) to a temperature above its saturation point for a given pressure
2.
to heat (a liquid) to a temperature above its boiling point without boiling occurring
3.
to heat excessively; overheat
Derived Forms
superheater, noun
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superheater in Science
superheat
  (s'pər-hēt')   
To heat a substance above a phase-transition temperature without the transition occurring. For example, water can be heated above its boiling point without boiling; the introduction of an impurity or physical disturbance can then trigger boiling. Superheating is an example of hysteresis. Compare supercool.
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