Fahrenheit [ far- uh n-hahyt; German fah- r uh n-hahyt] noun Ga·bri·el Da·ni·el , [ German gah-b ree-el dah-nee-el] / ˈgɑ briˌɛl ˈdɑ niˌɛl/ German 1686–1736, German physicist: devised a temperature scale and introduced the use of mercury in thermometers. adjective noting, pertaining to, or measured according to a temperature scale (Fahrenheit scale) in which 32° represents the ice point and 212° the steam point. : F Symbol
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British Dictionary definitions for fahrenheit scale noun a scale of temperatures in which 32° represents the melting point of ice and 212° represents the boiling point of pure water under standard atmospheric pressure Compare Celsius scale adjective of or measured according to the Fahrenheit scale of temperature Symbol: F noun 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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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 scale in Medicine adj. 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 scale 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.
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fahrenheit scale in Culture
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. (
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