heat sink

noun

Definition of heat sink 

: a substance or device that absorbs or dissipates especially unwanted heat (as from a process or an electronic device)

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The temperature difference between the heat source and the heat sink has to be quite large before any reasonable amount of energy is transferred. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Edge on cooling from nanostructure beats physical limit," 11 Sep. 2018 The bundle linked below includes a dedicated 2.4A power supply, which should keep the Pi running at its best, as well as a couple of heat sinks to keep the whole thing cool during more involved tasks. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Father’s Day gift guide," 13 June 2018 The probe heats up one side of the generator, and a heat sink (4) ensures the other side stays cool. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: The Biolite Campstove," 15 Mar. 2017 The case is pretty sleek and also comes with its own add-on board, heat sink, USB adapter (Type-A), and an mSATA socket for up to 1TB SSDs. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Celebrate Pi Day 2018 with these great Newegg deals on Raspberry Pi and maker kits," 14 Mar. 2018 Additionally, there is a heat sink built into the floor to reduce the demand for cold air through the cooling system and a method of inferring battery cell temperatures that means there's no need to monitor individual cells. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "F1 champ Williams made a cool new carbon platform for electric cars," 1 Mar. 2018 Those long, narrow and deep lakes create the ideal climate for riesling, keeping the area cool in the summer and acting as a heat sink to retain warmth in colder seasons. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Don't love riesling? The Finger Lakes will make you rethink the maligned grape," 7 Feb. 2018 The usual calm interaction with traffic control has been replaced with a breathless emergency message, and players need to fit heat sinks to their ships to avoid taking heat damage in the burning docking bays. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "It’s happening: Aliens are shooting up human space stations in Elite Dangerous [Updated]," 15 Dec. 2017 To harness this natural quirk is to use deep space as a kind of heat sink. Joseph Dussault, The Christian Science Monitor, "Using outer space to help cool buildings on Earth," 2 Oct. 2017

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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