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[ koo-luh nt ]
/ ˈku lənt /


a substance, usually a liquid or a gas, used to reduce the temperature of a system below a specified value by conducting away the heat produced in the operation of the system, as the liquid in an automobile cooling system or the fluid that removes heat from the core of a nuclear reactor.
a lubricant that dissipates the heat caused by friction.

Nearby words

cool school, cool, calm, and collected, cool-headed, coolabah, coolamon, coolant, cooldown, cooler, cooley, cooley's anaemia, cooley's anemia

Origin of coolant

First recorded in 1925–30; cool + -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coolant

  • Once the system is powered on, coolant flows to the bottom, extracts heat from the soil, and flows back up to be cooled again.

    Fukushima N-Plant Will Be Surrounded by a Wall of Ice|Josh Dzieza|September 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for coolant


/ (ˈkuːlənt) /


a fluid used to cool a system or to transfer heat from one part of it to another
a liquid, such as an emulsion of oil, water, and soft soap, used to lubricate and cool the workpiece and cutting tool during machining
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for coolant



"radiator fluid," 1930, from cool (adj.) + -ant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper