su·​per·​heat·​ed | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌhē-təd How to pronounce superheated (audio) , 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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While the particles of the corona are indeed superheated, the density of the particles is so low that the probe's heat shield will reach temperatures of only 2,500 degrees F. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The New Science of the Sun Will Be Astounding—And Possibly Terrifying," 9 Aug. 2018 Twin masses of flaming, superheated gas act to discipline one another: a system of checks and balances. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Save America From Aunt Sally," 3 Jan. 2019 Literature, as opposed to observation, triggered superheated narratives. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Delacroix’ Review: Passionate Feeling Made Manifest," 12 Sep. 2018 Driven by an internal dynamo process—where swirling superheated material at the core generates electromagnetic currents—the magnetic field flows inward at one of the poles and outward at the other. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The New Science of the Sun Will Be Astounding—And Possibly Terrifying," 9 Aug. 2018 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,, "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

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First Known Use of superheated

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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