superconductivity

noun
su·​per·​con·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌsü-pər-ˌkän-ˌdək-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce superconductivity (audio) , -kən- \

Definition of superconductivity

: a complete disappearance of electrical resistance in a substance especially at very low temperatures

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Other Words from superconductivity

superconductor \ ˌsü-​pər-​kən-​ˈdək-​tər How to pronounce superconductor (audio) \ noun

Examples of superconductivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Niowave’s accelerator employs superconductivity to generate the powerful electric currents needed to achieve all this. The Economist, "New ways to make molybdenum-99," 23 Nov. 2019 The observation of superconductivity has created an unexpected playground for physicists. Quanta Magazine, "With a Simple Twist, a ‘Magic’ Material Is Now the Big Thing in Physics," 30 Apr. 2019 So to achieve superconductivity, electrons need to easily generate and absorb phonons. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Hydride predicted to be superconductive at room temperature," 6 Sep. 2019 The observation of superconductivity has created an unexpected playground for physicists. Quanta Magazine, "With a Simple Twist, a ‘Magic’ Material Is Now the Big Thing in Physics," 30 Apr. 2019 The observation of superconductivity has created an unexpected playground for physicists. Quanta Magazine, "With a Simple Twist, a ‘Magic’ Material Is Now the Big Thing in Physics," 30 Apr. 2019 If the magnetic field is too strong, superconductivity vanishes. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Hydride predicted to be superconductive at room temperature," 6 Sep. 2019 The bronze plaque from the IEEE will be mounted outside the room that once served as the superconductivity laboratory. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "UAH honored for landmark superconductor discovery," 19 Aug. 2019 The large moiré pattern of the superlattice is both visually striking and electrically special, as the emergence of superconductivity shows. Quanta Magazine, "When Magic Is Seen in Twisted Graphene, That’s a Moiré," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of superconductivity

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superconductivity was in 1913

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26 Nov 2019

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“Superconductivity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superconductivity. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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superconductivity

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of superconductivity

technical : the ability of something (such as a metal) to allow electricity to flow through it easily especially at very low temperatures

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