Definitions for fahrenheitˈfær ənˌhaɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Fahrenheit, Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit(adj)

    German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer and developed the scale of temperature that bears his name (1686-1736)

  2. Fahrenheit(ip)(adj)

    of or relating to a temperature scale proposed by the inventor of the mercury thermometer

    "water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit under normal conditions"


  1. Fahrenheit(Adjective)

    Describing a temperature scale originally defined as having 0 u00B0F as the lowest temperature obtainable with a mixture of ice and salt, and 96 u00B0F as the temperature of the human body, and now defined with 32 u00B0F equal to 0 u00B0C, and each degree Fahrenheit equal to 5/9 of a degree Celsius or 5/9 kelvin.

  2. Origin: From the German scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fahrenheit(adj)

    conforming to the scale used by Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit in the graduation of his thermometer; of or relating to Fahrenheit's thermometric scale

  2. Fahrenheit(noun)

    the Fahrenheit termometer or scale

  3. Origin: [G.]


  1. Degree Fahrenheit

    Fahrenheit is a temperature scale based on one proposed in 1724 by the German physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, after whom the scale is named. On Fahrenheit's original scale, the lower defining point was the lowest temperature to which he could reproducibly cool brine, while the highest was that of the average human body temperature. There exist several stories on the exact original definition of his scale; however, some of the specifics have been presumed lost or exaggerated with time. The scale is now usually defined by two fixed points: the temperature at which water freezes into ice is defined as 32 degrees, and the boiling point of water is defined to be 212 degrees, a 180-degree separation, as defined at sea level and standard atmospheric pressure. By the end of the 20th century, all countries in the world, besides the U.S., used the Celsius scale, rather than the Fahrenheit scale; the present Celsius scale has water freezing at 0° and boiling at 100°. Fahrenheit remains the standard scale only in the United States and the most common unofficial scale in many of its current and former unincorporated territories.

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