- 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.
Origin of coolant
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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
September 4, 2013
- 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
Word Origin and History for coolant
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