Also thermic. of, relating to, or caused by heat or temperature: Buildings and sealed surfaces have a higher thermal capacity than soil and give up their heat more slowly at night.We speed up composting using a thermal treatment.
of or relating to hot springs or hot baths: The bubbly, hot spring pool derives its name from the character of its thermal waters.
- ther·mal·ly, adverb
- hy·per·ther·mal, adjective
- hy·per·ther·mal·ly, adverb
- non·ther·mal, adjective
- non·ther·mal·ly, adverb
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How to use thermal in a sentence
This involved some atrociously bad fly fishing, sitting in rocky thermal heated streams and eventually taking a charter on the lake to actually catch some fish.How to Make Smoked Trout, According to a Chef in Tasmania | Monica Burton | February 10, 2021 | Eater
It reduces damage from thermal heat and has a powerful 1,875 wattage.The best hair dryer: Get a salon-worthy blowout at home | Carsen Joenk | January 22, 2021 | Popular-Science
The instrument was going to effectively take the planet’s temperature and tell scientists more about the internal thermal activity and geology of Mars.InSight’s heat probe has failed on Mars. Is the mission a failure? | Neel Patel | January 20, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The synthetic fleece will also add a solid moisture wicking thermal layer below her bibs and jacket for ski days this season.
It’s among the best thermal conductors and the fastest electrical conductors, and it’s also great at letting water through while blocking anything else, making it an excellent filter and barrier.Graphene gets real: Meet the entrepreneurs bringing the wonder substance to market | David Meyer | December 13, 2020 | Fortune
Williams An Ohio- based corporation that works in the electrical and thermal insulation industry.
Body parts, food, and appliances seen with a thermal imaging camera.
Much of the surface of Mars is covered in fine sand and dust, both of which have low thermal inertia.
thermal maps of Earth reveal a lot about the past and present, including changing conditions under climate change.
That measure is known as thermal inertia, and it provides information far beyond what we can get from visible light alone.
The temples were usually hygienically located near thermal springs or fountains and among groves.An Epitome of the History of Medicine | Roswell Park
We come now to the third point in question, the thermal influence of woods upon the air above them.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
The whole actual amount of thermal influence, however, is so small that I may rest satisfied with mere mention.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
But the one will have absorbed but 63∕4 British thermal units, while the other will have absorbed 91∕2.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine | Robert H. Thurston
Yet that region is not considered any less safe to visit because of the presence of these thermal phenomena.Mount Rainier | Various
British Dictionary definitions for thermal
Also: thermic (ˈθɜːmɪk) of, relating to, caused by, or generating heat or increased temperature
hot or warm: thermal baths; thermal spring
(of garments or fabrics) specially designed so as to have exceptional heat-retaining properties
meteorol a column of rising air caused by local unequal heating of the land surface, and used by gliders and birds to gain height
(plural) thermal garments, esp underclothes
- thermally, adverb
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Scientific definitions for thermal
Relating to heat.
A usually columnar mass of warm air that rises in the lower atmosphere because it is less dense than the air around it. Thermals form because the ground surface is heated unevenly by the Sun. The air usually rises until it is in equilibrium with the air surrounding it.
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