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Rankine

[rang-kin]
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noun
  1. William John Mac·quorn [muh-kwawrn] /məˈkwɔrn/, 1820–70, Scottish engineer and physicist.
adjective
  1. Thermodynamics. pertaining to an absolute temperature scale (Rankine scale) in which the degree intervals are equal to those of the Fahrenheit scale and in which 0° Rankine equals −459.7° Fahrenheit.Compare absolute temperature scale, Kelvin(defs 2, 3).
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  • Thus Rankine gives that shown in Fig. 132, which is obtained as follows.

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    Joshua Rose

  • It is not enough to select his Epistle to Rankine, and speak of its unbecoming levity.

    Robert Burns

    Gabriel Setoun

  • "What you have discovered seems to have one of two meanings," Rankine said.

  • He tasted the wine Rankine poured out and lighted a cigarette.

  • It's possible that Rankine's job is more important than he's allowed to admit.