su·​per·​con·​duct | \ ˌsü-pər-kən-ˈdəkt How to pronounce superconduct (audio) \
superconducted; superconducting; superconducts

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Recent Examples on the Web In the mid-1980s, experiments with copper oxides with the elements lanthanum and barium broke the longstanding temperature record by several degrees, being found to superconduct at temperatures greater than 30 K. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 7 July 2021 To superconduct in these materials, the electrons have to find a partner to form what's called a Cooper pair. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 14 Oct. 2020 But even within those extreme parameters, this is still the first material to superconduct at a temperature even nearly this high. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 15 Oct. 2020 By using ultra-high pressures, researchers have been able to force hydrogen into solids that turned out to superconduct at temperatures that could be reached without resorting to liquid nitrogen. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 14 Oct. 2020 Add too little hydrogen, and a compound won’t superconduct as robustly as metallic hydrogen does. Quanta Magazine, 14 Oct. 2020 Experimentalists have now created quantum engines with photons (particles of light), electronic systems and superconducting qubits (quantum circuits in which current can flow forever without dissipating). Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, 18 Apr. 2020 In the late 1980s experimenters discovered a class of complex materials that contains copper and oxygen and can superconduct at temperatures far above those predicted by the conventional theory of superconductivity. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 30 Mar. 2020 Along with electricity for the grid, potential products include superconducting cables to transmit power more efficiently and high-powered magnets that could make MRIs better and cheaper. Washington Post, 20 June 2019

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Superconduct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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