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temperature gradient

noun, Meteorology
rate of change of temperature with distance. Unabridged
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  • If a steady temperature gradient exists, however, light will follow a curved path toward the cooler air.
  • Instead of raining out the storm it might cause intensification due to increased temperature gradient.
  • For besides providing safe harbor for the development of life, vents offer a natural temperature gradient.
  • Thus a steep temperature gradient is present within the material itself.
  • If a material conducts heat well, this current-generating temperature gradient will dissipate.
  • The large temperature gradient across the device puts mechanical stress on the contact-thermoelectric interface.
  • Moisture is driven by the temperature gradient from the wet masonry to the back wall and to the inside environment.
British Dictionary definitions for temperature gradient

temperature gradient

the rate of change in temperature in a given direction, esp in altitude
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temperature gradient in Science
temperature gradient  
The rate of change of temperature with displacement in a given direction from a given reference point.
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