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regelation

[ree-juh-ley-shuh n]
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noun Physics.
  1. a phenomenon in which the freezing point of water is lowered by the application of pressure; the melting and refreezing of ice, at constant temperature, caused by varying the pressure.
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Origin of regelation

First recorded in 1855–60; re- + gelation1
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Related Words

freezing, chilling, regelation

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Historical Examples

  • But the case is different with regard to the cause of regelation itself.

    Hours of Exercise in the Alps

    John Tyndall

  • Faraday, who discovered this phenomenon, named it the regelation of ice.

  • Two such rings soldered by regelation at a are shown in fig. 14.

  • I question, however, the statement, that regelation takes place by the freezing of a film of water between the fragments.

  • It was moist and soft, in fact in a condition altogether favourable for the "regelation" of its granules.


British Dictionary definitions for regelation

regelation

noun
  1. the rejoining together of two pieces of ice as a result of melting under pressure at the interface between them and subsequent refreezing
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