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
Recent Examples on the Web The Ninja Max delivers 450 degrees of superheated air, while the 5.5-quart basket and crisper fit approximately three pounds of fries or chicken wings. Popular Science, "These air fryers deliver crispy food with none of the oil," 22 June 2020 The 3,472-square-mile park encompassing the caldera is filled with geologic wonderlands of sprouting geysers and effervescing pools, all ultimately driven by magma and superheated fluids churning in the rock below the surface. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 19 Mar. 2020 Ceramic pipes placed by miners in the caldera floor direct some of the smoke toward collection points, where the superheated gas instantly turns into a solid, forming dripping yellow stalactites. Michael Hardy, Wired, "Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano," 17 Feb. 2020 Tsunamis can also be triggered by large, superheated currents of volcanic gas, ash and other debris—called pyroclastic flows—or by mudflows caused as volcanic ash mixes with abundant water. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Will Taal Volcano Explosively Erupt? Here’s What Scientists Are Watching," 14 Jan. 2020 When Mount Vesuvius unleashed its fury in A.D. 79, Herculaneum was just one of several towns smothered by ash and savaged by superheated volcanic avalanches. National Geographic, "Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass," 23 Jan. 2020 On Monday, at 2:11 pm local time, New Zealand’s White Island volcano unexpectedly erupted, blasting a superheated plume of ash, sulfur gas, and steam 12,000 feet in the air and blanketing the crater’s floor in powdered rock and debris. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Why Volcanologists Didn't Predict New Zealand's Deadly Eruption," 10 Dec. 2019 These objects consume all matter and light that strays too close, creating a disk of superheated material falling into the black hole. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Top Ten Scientific Discoveries of the Decade," 6 May 2012 Scientists believe such reservoirs can be formed when volcanic magma deep beneath the ocean floor interacts with seawater to produce superheated fluids rich in carbon or methane that rise toward the surface. Todd Woody, National Geographic, "Huge amounts of greenhouse gases lurk in the oceans, and could make warming far worse," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of superheated

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Superheated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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