kelvin

noun
kel·​vin | \ ˈkel-vən How to pronounce kelvin (audio) \

Definition of kelvin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the base unit of temperature in the International System of Units that is equal to 1/273.16 of the Kelvin scale temperature of the triple point of water

Kelvin

adjective

Definition of Kelvin (Entry 2 of 3)

: relating to, conforming to, or having a thermometric scale on which the unit of measurement equals the Celsius degree and according to which absolute zero is 0 K, the equivalent of −273.15°C

Kelvin

biographical name
Kel·​vin | \ ˈkel-vən How to pronounce Kelvin (audio) \

Definition of Kelvin (Entry 3 of 3)

1st Baron 1824–1907 William Thomson British mathematician and physicist

Examples of kelvin in a Sentence

Adjective a temperature of 200 degrees Kelvin
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At night, the surface of even the closest planet to the sun, Mercury, drops to about 95 kelvin. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Weirdly Nihilistic Reason Why Outer Space Is So Cold," 25 Sep. 2020 Pluto’s surface temperature reaches about 40 kelvin. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Weirdly Nihilistic Reason Why Outer Space Is So Cold," 25 Sep. 2020 Color temperature addresses a unit of measurement called degrees kelvin. Popular Science, "Smartphone screens are getting an upgrade—here are the specs to know about," 15 Apr. 2020 Brief pulses heated the carbon to more than 3000 kelvins (about 2700°C), snapping the bonds between carbon atoms. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Electricity turns garbage into graphene," 27 Jan. 2020 But Spitzer used passive methods—reflective materials and radiators to shed heat into space—to cool most of the spacecraft to 40 kelvins. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "NASA infrared telescope says goodbye after 16-year run," 23 Jan. 2020 Pluto’s surface temperature reaches about 40 degrees kelvin. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Weirdly Nihilistic Reason Why Outer Space Is So Cold," 22 Nov. 2019 Temperatures in these vacuous regions can plummet to about -455 degrees Fahrenheit (2.7 degrees kelvin). Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Weirdly Nihilistic Reason Why Outer Space Is So Cold," 22 Nov. 2019 Along with the kilogram, the ampere (the unit of electric current), kelvin (temperature) and mole (amount of a substance) will get new definitions. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Redefining the Kilogram," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of kelvin

Noun

1968, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kelvin

Adjective

William Thomson, Lord Kelvin

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The first known use of kelvin was in 1908

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20 Oct 2020

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“Kelvin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kelvin. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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Kelvin

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of Kelvin

technical : relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 373.1 degrees above zero and the freezing point is at 273.15 degrees above zero

kelvin

noun
kel·​vin | \ ˈkel-vən How to pronounce kelvin (audio) \

Medical Definition of kelvin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the base unit of temperature in the International System of Units that is equal to 1/273.16 of the Kelvin scale temperature of the triple point of water and also to the Celsius degree

Kelvin

adjective

Medical Definition of Kelvin (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to, conforming to, or being the Kelvin scale

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