latent heat

noun

Definition of latent heat

: heat given off or absorbed in a process (such as fusion or vaporization) other than a change of temperature

Examples of latent heat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Air molecules heavy with moisture and sizzle soared on thunderstorm currents into Michael’s eye, releasing latent heat — an invisible smorgasbord of fuel for the burgeoning cyclone. Kimberly Miller, sun-sentinel.com, "A monster grew in the Gulf of Mexico. Here’s why more may follow," 9 Oct. 2019 The actual situation now is: 1) Many appliances now use heat pumps, in which most of the heat is extracted from the latent heat in the cold outside air. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Buildings can be made carbon free if they use electricity," 25 July 2019 When water vapor condenses to form clouds, latent heat (energy) is released, which helps storms intensify by warming the surrounding air and causing instability. Molly Rubin, Quartz, "Hurricane vocabulary: The difference between a typhoon, a cyclone, and a tropical storm," 12 July 2019 The InSight Mission will look at Mars's seismic activity and latent heat to find out more about how planets get made--and how humans might live there. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Mars Lander Will Peer Inside the Red Planet," 7 May 2018 To summarize this chain of deductions, Langmuir proposed that seeding hurricanes would create ice and release latent heat; this in turn would widen the eye and reduce the destructive power of the storm. Sam Kean, The Atlantic, "The Chemist Who Thought He Could Harness Hurricanes," 5 Sep. 2017 To summarize this chain of deductions, Langmuir proposed that seeding hurricanes would create ice and release latent heat Sam Kean, The Atlantic, "The Chemist Who Thought He Could Harness Hurricanes," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of latent heat

circa 1757, in the meaning defined above

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“Latent heat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latent%20heat. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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latent heat

noun

Medical Definition of latent heat

: heat given off or absorbed in a process (as fusion or vaporization) other than a change of temperature

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