re·​frig·​er·​ant | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-rənt How to pronounce refrigerant (audio) , -ˈfrij-rənt \

Definition of refrigerant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: allaying heat or fever



Definition of refrigerant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a refrigerant agent or agency: such as
a : a medication for reducing body heat
b : a substance used in refrigeration

Examples of refrigerant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On Earth, the moving parts of the compressor are coated with oil that lubricates, cools rubbing parts and helps with pressurizing gasified refrigerant. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2021 Although the number of refrigerant molecules in the atmosphere is far fewer than those of other greenhouse gases, their destructive force, molecule for molecule, is far greater. Eric Dean Wilson, Time, 30 June 2021 The better analogy is the Montreal Protocol, in which refrigerant manufacturers who made ozone destroying chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were central to enabling a new generation of chemicals without the same destructive impact. Brentan Alexander, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Industry officials dispute that, noting that the refrigerant compound represents about 1% of the price of the cost of a cooling appliance. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2021 The researchers didn’t observe any flooding of the liquid refrigerant in the compressor, which could have backflowed into the device. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2021 Finally, the refrigerant evaporates into a gas and flows back to the compressor to start its journey again. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2021 Yet regardless of the refrigerant used, cooling still requires energy. Eric Dean Wilson, Time, 30 June 2021 All centers need some form of cooling technology, typically either computer room air-conditioning systems -- essentially large units that cool air with water or refrigerant -- or evaporative cooling, which evaporates water to cool the air. NBC News, 19 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Critics have charged that the restrictions will hurt consumers whose air conditioners and refrigerators run on the affordable refrigerant. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 Superconductivity was discovered way back in 1911, when liquid helium first came into widespread use as a refrigerant. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 7 July 2021 To attain the contest’s goal of five times less impact on climate, an air conditioner using a standard HFC refrigerant would have to use 6.4 times less electricity than the baseline unit. Emily Underwood, Scientific American, 23 June 2021 Wood said more than half of all models sold in the U.S. by GE now use a climate-friendly refrigerant. Phil Mckenna, The Courier-Journal, 15 Mar. 2021 There’s a problem with that logic though: The agreement to phase down hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a potent climate-warming refrigerant, by 85% by 2035, is in essence a mandate. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 22 Dec. 2020 The package is headlined by a measure to phase down hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a climate-warming refrigerant, by 85% by 2035, which would be one of the most significant emissions-reducing measures ever passed. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, 21 Dec. 2020 Other materials include a cannibalized empty refrigerant can, trailer hitch, steel bar, steel wire, fender washers and piezo microphone along with FM transmitter, solar panel battery charger, paint, grease and welding wire. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2020 Nazerian was also concerned about the safety of refrigerant alternatives, like propane, which is highly flammable. Mallory Moench,, 23 Feb. 2020

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1599, in the meaning defined above


1676, in the meaning defined above

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re·​frig·​er·​ant | \ ri-ˈfrij-(ə-)rənt How to pronounce refrigerant (audio) \

Medical Definition of refrigerant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: allaying heat or fever



Medical Definition of refrigerant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicine or an application for allaying fever or its symptoms

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