melting point


Definition of melting point

: the temperature at which a solid melts

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According to CityLab, Notre Dame’s roof structure was clad in more than 400 tons of lead, which, when heated to a melting point, emitted plumes of smoke laden with toxic particulates that showered the neighboring areas with a fine dust. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Notre Dame restoration halted amid lead contamination concerns," 1 Aug. 2019 The data from EverDrill show that the glaciers are warming internally, and that large volumes of ice may already be close to the melting point, Quincey said. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Himalayan glaciers melting at alarming rate, spy satellites show," 19 June 2019 That water reduces the melting point of the overlying rocks, forming magma that can fuel future eruptions. National Geographic, "How dangerous are supervolcanoes? Get the facts.," 19 Mar. 2019 As the New York Times’s Kenneth Chang has explained, a 150-pound person standing on blades would only lower the melting point of ice from 32°F to 31.97° F., while ice rinks for figure skating are commonly kept around 24°F. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 The winters here aren’t especially cold to begin with, so even a slight amount of warming can push temperatures above the melting point of ice. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 Temperature analyses show that in recent days the North Pole has soared to the melting point of 32 degrees, which is about 30-35 degrees (17-19 Celsius) above normal. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Another extreme heat wave strikes the North Pole," 7 May 2018 Figure skaters prefer ice set close to the melting point at 25°F for extra grip and control. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 These have extremely high melting points: 3,700K for both materials. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power," 19 Oct. 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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: the temperature at which something melts

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: the temperature at which a solid melts

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: the temperature at which a solid melts

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