specific heat


Definition of specific heat

: the heat in calories required to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance one degree Celsius

Examples of specific heat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While plastics made from materials like corn can biodegrade in compost facilities under specific heat and moisture conditions, plastic that quickly breaks down in nature has proved elusive. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Plastic Straws That Quickly Biodegrade in the Ocean? Not Quite, Scientists Say," 20 Mar. 2021 This has cold to the touch bamboo fabric with high specific heat capacity to keep you cool throughout the night. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Cooling Blanket," 10 Mar. 2021 Though not tied into this specific heat wave in southern Alaska, unusual springtime heat along the north coast melted sea ice along northern Alaska. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Record-smashing heat wave bakes Alaska, worsening wildfires and melting sea ice," 1 July 2019 In less than a decade, scientists could point to a specific heat wave — and possibly a death toll — and blame it entirely on climate change. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "The future holds twice as many heat waves — all because of us, research shows | Miami Herald," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of specific heat

1799, in the meaning defined above

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2 Apr 2021

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“Specific heat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specific%20heat. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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Medical Definition of specific heat

1 : the ratio of the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of a body one degree to that required to raise the temperature of an equal mass of water one degree
2 : the heat in calories required to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance one degree Celsius

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