su·​per·​con·​duc·​tive ˌsü-pər-kən-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce superconductive (audio)
: having no electrical resistance : exhibiting superconductivity
superconductive materials could be used to build superpowerful magnets, highly efficient electric motors and loss-free electric transmission lines, if only it were economical to do so.Predicasts Technology Update

Examples of superconductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Imagine, for example, metals that are superconductive at close to room temperature. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Mar. 2018 But in 1986, German and Swiss physicists found materials that could be superconductive at temperatures high enough to be cooled by liquid nitrogen, a relatively cheap way of lowering an object’s temperature. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 In his long career studying superconductive materials, he’s seen advances come from outsiders with puzzling papers that explored unfamiliar types of compounds. WIRED, 2 Aug. 2023 The millimeter-sized sample reportedly demonstrated superconductive capabilities by allowing electricity to pass through it nearly unimpeded at around 85 degrees Fahrenheit and at ambient air pressure. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 Electrons in materials with flat bands can socialize in many ways, of which forming superconductive pairings is just one. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 Since 2015 scientists have measured room-temperature superconductive behavior in hydrogen-rich materials called hydrides. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 10 Mar. 2023 Physicists are also leveraging quantum computers to discover superconductive materials—that is, materials with zero electrical resistance—that can operate at room temperature, which would make our existing energy systems much more efficient. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 7 Feb. 2023 Researchers stacked many atomic wafers at band-flattening magic angles, but the superconductive lightning refused to be bottled. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superconductive was in 1913

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“Superconductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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