melting point


Definition of melting point

: the temperature at which a solid melts

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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 The components not covered by the heat shield are made of a molybdenum alloy, which has a melting point of more than 4,000°F. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA is shooting a spaceship at the sun. It might help us solve a huge mystery.," 8 Aug. 2018 Water ice that is near the melting point is opaque to radio waves, and so the ice above the lake must be well below freezing. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Underground Lake of Liquid Water Detected on Mars," 25 July 2018 These salts can reduce the melting point of water to negative 74 degrees C, so the subglacial lake is likely between this temperature and around negative 10 or 20 degrees. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Underground Lake of Liquid Water Detected on Mars," 25 July 2018 Similar circumstances occurred in December 2016, when the temperature at the North Pole last flirted with the melting point in the dark, dead of winter. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides," 22 Feb. 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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