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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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  • After getting well under way, the keen air at 26° Fahrenheit made it most comfortable to walk.

  • The hottest of these springs has a temperature of 54° Réaumur, equal to 153½° Fahrenheit.

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  • There are two scales used in thermometry, the Fahrenheit and the Centigrade.

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  • It was already dancing in the neighbourhood of 100 degrees of Fahrenheit.

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  • What is the actual molecular arrangement of the atoms of Hydrogen at 60 Fahrenheit?

British Dictionary definitions for Fahrenheit


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

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

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Fahrenheit 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.

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Fahrenheit 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.
Fahrenheit, Gabriel Daniel 1686-1736.  
German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer in 1714 and devised the Fahrenheit temperature scale.
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Fahrenheit 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.)

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