melting point


Definition of melting point 

: the temperature at which a solid melts

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These electric smelting techniques have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions if they can be improved to work on metals with higher melting points, such as iron and steel. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Temperatures, in the dead of winter, rocketed to the melting point at the North Pole, nearly 60 degrees above normal. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Rapid Arctic warming and melting ice are increasing the frequency of blizzards in the Northeast, study finds," 14 Mar. 2018 At plate boundaries in the ocean, subduction moves water into the mantle, lowering the melting point of rock underneath the edges of continental plates. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Volcanoes are awe-inspiring. Here are 7 things to know about them.," 11 May 2018 That byproduct wax was odorless, colorless, and its melting point could be changed with additives. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "This cotton won't kill you," 18 Apr. 2018 Silicon provides the transparency, calcium provides the strength, and soda reduces the melting point. Doug Main, The Atlantic, "Humankind’s Most Important Material," 7 Apr. 2018 Better to turn it around and say ice has a melting point, which is zero degrees, no question. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Black Ice, Near-Death, and Transcendence on I-91," 2 Apr. 2018 Optical elements like glass, as well as titanium and nickel alloys, have high melting points, and therefore often survive. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "All The Places Tiangong-1 Won’t Land (And Where It Still Might)," 30 Mar. 2018 Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Snow in forecast for Friday morning commute," 1 Mar. 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of melting point

: the temperature at which something melts

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: the temperature at which a solid melts

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melt·ing point | \ˈmel-tiŋ-ˌ \

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: the temperature at which a solid melts

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