melting point


noun Physical Chemistry.

the temperature at which a solid substance melts or fuses.

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Origin of melting point

First recorded in 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for melting point

melting point

noun

the temperature at which a solid turns into a liquid. It is equal to the freezing point
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Scientific definitions for melting point

melting point
[ mĕltĭng ]

The temperature at which a solid, given sufficient heat, becomes a liquid. For a given substance, the melting point of its solid form is the same as the freezing point of its liquid form, and depends on such factors as the purity of the substance and the surrounding pressure. The melting point of ice at a pressure of one atmosphere is 0°C (32°F); that of iron is 1,535°C (2,795°F). See also state of matter.
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Cultural definitions for melting point

melting point

The temperature at which a given material changes from a solid to a liquid, or melts; the same temperature as freezing point. (See phases of matter.)

notes for melting point

Ice melts at thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit (see also Fahrenheit) or zero degrees Celsius.
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