recalescence

[ree-kuh-les-uh ns]

noun Metallurgy.

a brightening exhibited by cooling iron as latent heat of transformation is liberated.

Nearby words

  1. recalcitrance,
  2. recalcitrant,
  3. recalcitrate,
  4. recalculate,
  5. recalesce,
  6. recalibrate,
  7. recall,
  8. recamier,
  9. recanalization,
  10. recant

Origin of recalescence

1870–75; recal(esce) to become hot again (< Latin recalēscere, equivalent to re- re- + cal(ēre) to be hot (cf. calorie) + -ēsc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive ending) + -escence

Related formsre·ca·les·cent, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for recalescence

recalescence

noun

a sudden spontaneous increase in the temperature of cooling iron resulting from an exothermic change in crystal structure occurring at a particular temperature
Derived Formsrecalescent, adjective

Word Origin for recalescence

C19: from Latin recalēscere to grow warm again, from re- + calēscere, from calēre to be hot

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