a device that uses a compressible refrigerant to transfer heat from one body, as the ground, air, or water, to another body, as a building, with the process being reversible.
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First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for heat pump
a device, as used in a refrigerator, for extracting heat from a source and delivering it elsewhere at a much higher temperature
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