[ soo-per-kool ]
/ ˌsu pərˈkul /
verb (used with object)
to cool (a liquid) below its freezing point without producing solidification or crystallization; undercool.
verb (used without object)
to become supercooled.
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Example sentences from the Web for supercooling
For any given degree of supercooling of a substance, the velocity of crystallization is constant.The Phase Rule and Its Applications|Alexander Findlay
British Dictionary definitions for supercooling
/ (ˌsuːpəˈkuːl) /
chem to cool or be cooled without freezing or crystallization to a temperature below that at which freezing or crystallization should occur. Supercooled liquids are not in equilibrium
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Scientific definitions for supercooling
[ sōō′pər-kōōl′ ]
To cool a substance below a phase-transition temperature without the transition occurring. For example, water can be cooled well below the freezing point without freezing (as often happens in the upper atmosphere); the introduction of an impurity or surface can then trigger freezing. Supercooling is an example of hysteresis. Compare superheat.
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