su·​per·​con·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty ˌsü-pər-ˌkän-ˌdək-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce superconductivity (audio)
: a complete disappearance of electrical resistance in a substance especially at very low temperatures

Examples of superconductivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Physicists soon realized that high-temperature superconductivity was only the beginning of the mysterious behavior of the cuprates. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 27 Nov. 2023 Despite these high-profile setbacks, superconductivity researchers say the field is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance (see ‘Timeline: Superconductivity milestones’). Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2023 In September 2022, Nature itself had retracted a Dias paper claiming the discovery of room-temperature superconductivity published in 2020. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Within a couple of weeks, the excitement died away after other scientists were unable to confirm the superconductivity observations and came up with plausible alternative explanations. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2023 This case is merely a pothole in the quest for room-temperature, commercially practical superconductivity, which will continue. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 In August of this year, the journal Physical Review Letters retracted a 2021 paper by Dr. Dias that described intriguing electrical properties, although not superconductivity, in another chemical compound, manganese sulfide. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2023 The extremely low temperatures and high pressures needed to induce superconductivity limited its practical value for decades. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Sep. 2023 For instance, sound waves rippling through metallic lattices link electrons in a way that leads to superconductivity, and in 1981, a group of physicists suggested that demon vibrations could conjure superconductivity in a similar way. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 9 Oct. 2023 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 superconductivity was in 1913

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“Superconductivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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