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dew point

the temperature to which air must be cooled, at a given pressure and water-vapor content, for it to reach saturation; the temperature at which dew begins to form.
Also called dew-point temperature.
Origin of dew point
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Actually it is full enough of dust-nuclei to outfit a fullgrown fog if the dewpoint should be favorable.

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British Dictionary definitions for dewpoint

dew point

the temperature at which water vapour in the air becomes saturated and water droplets begin to form
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Word Origin and History for dewpoint

1833; see dew + point (n.).

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dewpoint in Science
dew point  
The temperature at which the water vapor contained in a volume of air at a given atmospheric pressure reaches saturation and condenses to form dew. The dew point varies depending on how much water vapor the air contains, with humid air having a higher dew point than dry air. When large droplets of condensation form, they are deposited onto surfaces as dew. When smaller droplets form, they remain suspended in the air as mist or fog. If the dew point is below the freezing temperature of water (0°C), the water vapor turns directly into frost by sublimation.
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