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[far-uh n-hahyt; German fahr-uh n-hahyt] /ˈfær ənˌhaɪt; German ˈfɑr ənˌhaɪt/
Gabriel Daniel
[German gah-bree-el dah-nee-el] /German ˈgɑ briˌɛl ˈdɑ niˌɛl/ (Show IPA),
1686–1736, German physicist: devised a temperature scale and introduced the use of mercury in thermometers.
noting, pertaining to, or measured according to a temperature scale (Fahrenheit scale) in which 32° represents the ice point and 212° the steam point. Symbol: F. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fahrenheit scale
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  • Compute the temperature of absolute zero on the fahrenheit scale.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • He invented the fahrenheit scale (see Thermometer), and made several valuable discoveries in physics.

  • One must also take into account the fact that the melting point of ice on the fahrenheit scale is marked 32.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
British Dictionary definitions for fahrenheit scale

Fahrenheit scale

a scale of temperatures in which 32° represents the melting point of ice and 212° represents the boiling point of pure water under standard atmospheric pressure Compare Celsius scale


of or measured according to the Fahrenheit scale of temperature F


/German ˈfaːrənhait/
Gabriel Daniel (ˈɡaːbrieːl ˈdaːnieːl). 1686–1736, German physicist, who invented the mercury thermometer and devised the temperature scale that bears his name
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Word Origin and History for fahrenheit scale


1753, named for Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (1686-1736), Prussian physicist who proposed the scale in 1714. An abstract surname meaning literally "experience."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fahrenheit scale in Medicine

Fahrenheit Fahr·en·heit (fār'ən-hīt')
Abbr. F
Of or relating to a temperature scale that registers the freezing point of water as 32°F and the boiling point as 212°F at one atmosphere of pressure.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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fahrenheit scale in Science

Relating to or based on a temperature scale that indicates the freezing point of water as 32° and the boiling point of water as 212° under standard atmospheric pressure.
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fahrenheit scale in Culture

Fahrenheit definition

A temperature scale according to which water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees. The scale was devised by Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, an instrument maker of the eighteenth century, born in Germany.

Fahrenheit [(fair-uhn-heyet)]

A temperature scale, used primarily in the United States, in which the freezing point of water is 32 degrees and the boiling point 212 degrees. Temperatures in this scale are denoted by °F or, in scientific usage, F alone. (Compare Celsius.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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