superheated

adjective

su·​per·​heat·​ed ˈsü-pər-ˌhē-təd How to pronounce superheated (audio)
ˌsü-pər-ˈhē-
1
: subjected to superheating
2
: very hot
also : exceedingly emotional or intense
superheated debate

Examples of superheated in a Sentence

certain superheated liquids change to gas with almost explosive violence a superheated, rancorous argument on how the child should be raised
Recent Examples on the Web That nearby gas and plasma can also help reveal how feasting black holes create extreme cosmic structures such as relativistic jets — gigantic beams of superheated plasma accelerated to nearly the speed of light. Michael Greshko, Quanta Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 This is western Loudoun County, Va., where the superheated suburban development of the D.C. area runs headlong into a picturesque rural enclave that’s been defined by farms and horses for 300 years. Jayne Orenstein, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Other companies could add to the haul, with federal researchers estimating last year that the superheated brine deep beneath the Salton Sea contains enough lithium to fuel 382 million electric-vehicle batteries. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 Other metals were laid down on the ocean floor over eons by hydrothermal vents, which spew superheated, mineral-rich fluids. Todd Woody, Fortune Europe, 13 Jan. 2024 Put simply, superheated plasma was being tested as fuel, but the temperatures melted any sort of solid container, so the experiments used nonmaterial vessels formed from extremely powerful magnetic fields. Werner Herzog, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 To produce the stupendous magnetic fields necessary to confine a superheated plasma, Commonwealth is using high-temperature superconducting tape, which will greatly reduce the size of the magnets needed to produce the fields (see below). IEEE Spectrum, 31 Dec. 2023 AGNs produce powerful jets of superheated plasma accompanied by shock waves. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Nov. 2023 Playwright-screenwriter Alice Birch has composed a superheated adaptation that’s anything but sere. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of superheated was in 1827

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“Superheated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superheated. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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