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

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Other Words from convect

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

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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, "The City of Coordinated Leisure," 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, "Moon Rock Reveals Hot Molten Core," 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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The first known use of convect was in 1881

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