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triple point

noun Physics.
  1. the particular temperature and pressure at which the solid, liquid, and gaseous phases of a given substance are all at equilibrium with one another.
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Origin of triple point

First recorded in 1870–75
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Historical Examples

  • Its shape is so regularly three-cornered, that Triangle or Triple-point (Trinacria) was one of its ancient names.

    A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla

    Leigh Hunt


British Dictionary definitions for triple point

triple point

noun
  1. chem the temperature and pressure at which the three phases of a substance are in equilibrium. The triple point of water, 273.16 K at a pressure of 611.2 Pa, is the basis of the definition of the kelvin
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triple point in Medicine

triple point

n.
  1. The temperature and pressure at which three different phases, such as gaseous, liquid, and solid phases, of a particular substance can coexist in equilibrium.
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triple point in Science

triple point

  1. The temperature and pressure at which a substance can exist in equilibrium in the liquid, solid, and gaseous states. The triple point of pure water is at 0.01°C (273.16K, 32.01°F) and 4.58 mm (611.2Pa) of mercury and is used to calibrate thermometers. Compare critical point.
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triple point in Culture

triple point

In physics, the temperature at which all three phases of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) for a given substance can coexist.

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Note

The triple point for water is a little above the freezing point, and is used to define temperature scales.
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