- the degree of heat in a living body, normally about 98.6°F (37°C) in humans.
- the excess of this above the normal.
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Origin of temperature
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH temperaturefever, temperature .
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Not quite, but at one point the temperature registered 29 below zero, with 21 inches of snow.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Drew Servis, 24, was walking home Sunday night and recalls the temperature well below freezing.
The caregiver Fatu had acted fast – the temperature reading on the Thursday night was high.
“We restored our brand, showed we could govern, we took the temperature down,” says Feehery.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?|Eleanor Clift|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was, I am told, a two-hour delay caused by concerns about the temperature of the fuel.Virgin Galactic’s Flight Path to Disaster: A Clash of High Risk and Hyperbole|Clive Irving|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the temperature is raised still higher, or the pressure is reduced, oxygen is given off and the oxide is once more formed.An Elementary Study of Chemistry|William McPherson
Above this temperature the anhydrous salt is the stable solid phase.The Phase Rule and Its Applications|Alexander Findlay
Attention is here drawn once more to the antagonistic reactions of temperature and radiation effects of heat.Life Movements in Plants|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Rise of temperature, within limits, enhances the excitability, and therefore the positive curvature under light.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
A cubic inch of mercury at this temperature has been ascertained to weigh 0·48967 lbs.A Treatise on Meteorological Instruments|Henry Negretti
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Scientific definitions for temperature
Heat and temperature are closely related but distinct and sometimes subtle ideas. Heat is simply transferred thermal energy-most commonly, the kinetic energy of molecules making up substance, vibrating and bouncing against each other. A substance's temperature, on the other hand, is a measure of its ability to transfer heat, rather than the amount of heat transferred. For example, a match lit under a pot of boiling water reaches a much higher temperature than the water, but it is able to give off much less heat, since only a small amount of thermal energy is created and released by it. When any two substances of different temperatures are in thermal contact, the laws of thermodynamics state that heat flows from the higher-temperature substance into the lower-temperature substance, raising the temperature of the heated body and lowering the temperature of the body releasing heat until thermal equilibrium is reached, and the temperatures are the same. Thus temperature describes a characteristic of matter that determines the direction and extent of heat transfer, so the match with little heat but high temperature still adds energy to the water when placed under the pot. Providing a closed physical system with heat generally raises its temperature but not necessarily; for example, ice at zero degrees Celsius requires considerable additional heat in order to melt into water at zero degrees Celsius. Temperature can be related to the average kinetic energy of the molecules of gases, though this relation breaks down in most real cases involving liquids, solids, substances with larger molecules, and radiation with no mass, such as light. The two most common temperature scales, Celsius (C) and Fahrenheit (F), are based on the freezing and boiling points of water. On the Celsius scale there are 100 increments between the two points, and on the Fahrenheit scale there are 180. Scientists also use the International System units called Kelvins (K). A difference in temperature of one degree is equivalent in the Celsius and Kelvin scales, but their absolute scales are different: while zero degrees C is the temperature at which water freezes (at a pressure of one atmosphere), zero degrees K (-273.72 degrees C), also called absolute zero, is the least possible temperature for a system, representing a theoretical state from which no heat can be extracted.
Idioms and Phrases with temperature
see run a fever (temperature).