Abel test

noun
\ ˈābəl- \

Definition of Abel test

1 : a test for determining the flash point of a volatile oil by use of a closed cup in which the oil is heated over a fixed flame and by use of a small movable flame that passes at regular intervals of temperature over the surface of the oil
2 : a test for the stability of smokeless powder and similar explosives in which a ground sample is heated in a test tube with potassium iodide-starch paper, the time required for discoloring the paper being the measure of the stability

First Known Use of Abel test

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Abel test

after Frederick Abel

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“Abel test.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abel%20test. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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