The absolute scale, long familiar to physicists, has recently come into somewhat limited use in meteorology.
They will be of immense advantage in giving you a sense of absolute scale.
One advantage that the absolute scale possesses over the others is that it has no below-zero readings.
Scientists have been able to obtain temperatures of extreme cold far down on the absolute scale.
Psychologists tore their hair and bewailed the absence of an absolute scale for humanity.
How does one change a reading on the centigrade scale to a corresponding reading on the absolute scale?
The zero of the absolute scale is 460° below the zero of Fahrenheit.
As to the temperature of the sun, we shall adopt the common estimate of about 6300°C. on the absolute scale.
absolute scale n.
See Kelvin scale.
|absolute temperature scale |
A temperature scale having absolute zero as the lowest temperature. Absolute temperature scales only have positive numbers. The Kelvin scale and the Rankine scale are absolute temperature scales. Compare relative temperature scale.