hydrothermal

adjective

hy·​dro·​ther·​mal ˌhī-drə-ˈthər-məl How to pronounce hydrothermal (audio)
: of or relating to hot water
used especially of the formation of minerals by hot solutions rising from a cooling magma
hydrothermally adverb

Examples of hydrothermal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meager still has a vigorous hydrothermal system circulating hot water under the volcano and has even been proposed as a geothermal power site. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 2 May 2024 Pets are also banned in the hydrothermal areas of the park. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2023 Starting from a parking lot seven miles from the southwest entrance, the boardwalk portion of the path allows visitors to get a close-up view of the 16-acre basin’s hydrothermal activity. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 The hydrothermal springs are as big of a finding as the new species of octopus. Emilee Coblentz, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 The thermal areas within the park include five types of hydrothermal features, including hot springs, geysers, mudpots, travertine terraces and fumaroles, per Yellowstone National Park’s official site. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 28 Dec. 2023 Researchers have known for nearly 20 years that the area was likely home to hydrothermal activity thanks to chemical signals measured in 2005. Ashley Balzer Vigil, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2023 Instead of drilling into a natural hydrothermal system, Fervo dug into rock that is completely dry and effectively created an artificial hot spring by pumping down water that returns to the surface much hotter. Gregory Barber, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Above this shallower melt zone is the hydrothermal system where water circulates and heats up to drive places like Solfatara. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 13 June 2023

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First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydrothermal was in 1849

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“Hydrothermal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrothermal. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

hydrothermal

adjective
hy·​dro·​ther·​mal ˌhī-drə-ˈthər-məl How to pronounce hydrothermal (audio)
: of or relating to hot water
hydrothermally adverb
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