con·​vect | \ kən-ˈvekt How to pronounce convect (audio) \
convected; convecting; convects

Definition of convect

intransitive verb

: to transfer heat by convection

transitive verb

: to circulate (something, such as air) by convection

Other Words from convect

convective \ kən-​ˈvek-​tiv How to pronounce convect (audio) \ adjective

Examples of convect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1979, a French scientist, Albert J. Libchaber, observed the same cascade of period doublings in the temperature fluctuations in the center of a convecting fluid. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 18 July 2019 Soon the street was alive with cool zephyrs that convected over the xeriscaped lawns and twined around the cacti and Little Free Libraries and the bare knees and ankles of the people of Lima Street. Cory Doctorow, The Atlantic, 28 Feb. 2018 A moon rock brought back by astronauts from the last Apollo mission in 1972 has finally proven its worth by revealing that the moon used to have a hot, convecting molten core that generated a magnetic field. Clara Moskowitz, WIRED, 15 Jan. 2009

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First Known Use of convect

1881, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for convect

back-formation from convection

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“Convect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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