superheated

adjective
su·per·heat·ed | \ˈsü-pər-ˌhē-təd, ˌsü-pər-ˈhē-\

Definition of superheated 

1 : subjected to superheating

2 : very hot also : exceedingly emotional or intense superheated debate

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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

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But several technical hurdles remain before fusion power becomes a reality, including finding a way to contain the superheated form of matter known as plasma in which nuclear fusion occurs. NBC News, "5 ways the world's fastest supercomputer could change the world," 18 June 2018 But Haiti’s superheated economy required constant, grinding labor in the plantations — and that meant massive importation of human beings from Africa. Ted Widmer, BostonGlobe.com, "How Haiti saved America," 12 Jan. 2018 Comprised of two panels of superheated carbon-carbon composite on either side of a lightweight 4.5-inch-thick carbon foam core, that core is 97 percent air. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Upcoming Solar Probe Gets Its All-Important Heat Shield," 9 July 2018 Seared by gases at hundreds of degrees centigrade and superheated volcanic materials that in time hardened into 60 feet of rock, the distorted, crumbling rolls were believed by most scholars to be the very definition of a lost cause. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 The conflicting assumptions about what motivates those with another point of view just might be one reason American politics have become so superheated and entrenched. Susan Page And Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, "Poll: On Trump, we can't even agree on why we disagree. But we assume the worst," 21 June 2018 Once the lava drops, rocks that had been superheated could fall into the lava tube. BostonGlobe.com, "Hawaii volcano could blow its top soon, hurl rocks and ash," 11 May 2018 It's long been known that most stars wind up producing a planetary nebula, but astronomers thought the sun — a ball of superheated gas with a diameter 109 times that of Earth — was too small to form a visible nebula. David Freeman /, NBC News, "Now we know what will happen when the sun dies," 10 May 2018 These donut shaped devices attempt to coax a ring of superheated plasma into being inside themselves, using giant magnets to create a field that holds it in place; there's not much else that can hold this sort of plasma in place. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Giant Magnets In the ITER Fusion Reactor Weigh Almost As Much as a Boeing 747," 18 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of superheated

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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