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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Each is an antithesis to coastal markets such as Los Angeles and Boston, where a dearth of new building and superheated local economies inflate prices. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Meet the A.I. Landlord That’s Building a Single-Family-Home Empire," 21 June 2019 One of the leading killers during explosive volcanic eruptions is a family of superheated gas, ash, and debris known as pyroclastic density currents. National Geographic, "Volcanic 'avalanches' glide on air, boosting their deadly speed," 8 Apr. 2019 The belt is not perceptibly thicker than a regular belt and does indeed get warm, thanks to heated tube elements running through the belt, which operate with the same superheated gusto as most German cars' heated seats. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz Is Developing Heated Seatbelts, But It's Not Just for Comfort Reasons," 20 May 2019 This suggests that the systems take a while to build and likely find their roots deeper in the planet’s atmosphere, and perhaps even deeper than that in its superheated ocean-like mantle of water, ammonia, and methane-ices. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Hubble Observes Ice Giant Vortexes and Polar Storms on Neptune and Uranus," 9 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of superheated

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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