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specific heat

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noun Physics.
  1. the number of calories required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of a substance 1°C, or the number of BTU's per pound per degree F.
  2. (originally) the ratio of the thermal capacity of a substance to that of standard material.
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Origin of specific heat

First recorded in 1825–35
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specific heat in Science

specific heat

  1. See under heat capacity.
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specific heat in Culture

specific heat

The amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance by one degree Celsius, or to raise the temperature of one pound of a substance by one degree Fahrenheit (see also Fahrenheit).

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