- pertaining to conversion into heat.
Origin of calorific
1675–85; < Late Latin calōrificus causing warmth, warming, equivalent to calōri- (stem of calor heat) + -ficus -fic
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Examples from the Web for calorific
From Peeps to Cadbury eggs, The Daily Beast ranks the 25 most calorific candies.Most Fattening Easter Candy
The Daily Beast
April 20, 2011
Is the compass a chemical influence, or electrical, or calorific, or what not?The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
No modification of the calorific theory will account for them.The Philosophy of the Weather
Thomas Belden Butler
A brilliant sun, but without any calorific action, was just issuing from the ocean.The Mysterious Island
No details as to the composition, illuminating power, and calorific values of the gas so made have been published.
It is curious to trace the varied fates of the calorific rays which strike on the surface of the earth.
- of, concerning, or generating heat
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