specific heat


noun Physics.

the number of calories required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of a substance 1°C, or the number of BTU's per pound per degree F.
(originally) the ratio of the thermal capacity of a substance to that of standard material.

Origin of specific heat

First recorded in 1825–35
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Science definitions for specific heat

specific heat


See under heat capacity.
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Culture definitions for specific heat

specific heat


The amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance by one degree Celsius, or to raise the temperature of one pound of a substance by one degree Fahrenheit (see also Fahrenheit).

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