Definitions for kelvinˈkɛl vɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Kel•vinˈkɛl vɪn(n.)

  1. William Thomson, 1st Baron, 1824–1907, English physicist and mathematician.

    Category: Biography

  2. (l.c.) the base SI unit of temperature, defined to be 1/273.16 of the triple point of water.

    Category: Thermodynamics

    Ref: Symbol: K 3

  3. (adj.)of or pertaining to an absolute scale of temperature (Kel′vin scale`) based on the kelvin in which the degree intervals are equal to those of the Celsius scale.

    Category: Thermodynamics

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kelvin, K(noun)

    the basic unit of thermodynamic temperature adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites

  2. Kelvin, First Baron Kelvin, William Thompson(noun)

    British physicist who invented the Kelvin scale of temperature and pioneered undersea telegraphy (1824-1907)

Wiktionary

  1. kelvin(Noun)

    In the International System of Units, the base unit of thermodynamic temperature; 1/273.16 of the thermodynamic temperature of the triple point of water. Shown as "K".

  2. kelvin(Noun)

    A unit interval on the Kelvin scale.

    The interval between the freezing and boiling points of water is 100 kelvins.

  3. kelvin(Noun)

    A unit for a specific temperature on the Kelvin scale.

  4. Kelvin(ProperNoun)

    A river in Scotland, running through Glasgow.

  5. Kelvin(ProperNoun)

    transferred from the surname; rather rare.

  6. Origin: Named after the Irish-born Scottish physicist William Thomson, Lord Kelvin.

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  1. Kelvin

    The kelvin is a unit of measurement for temperature. It is one of the seven base units in the International System of Units and is assigned the unit symbol K. The Kelvin scale is an absolute, thermodynamic temperature scale using as its null point absolute zero, the temperature at which all thermal motion ceases in the classical description of thermodynamics. The kelvin is defined as the fraction ¹⁄273.16 of the thermodynamic temperature of the triple point of water. The Kelvin scale is named after the Belfast-born, Glasgow University engineer and physicist William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, who wrote of the need for an "absolute thermometric scale". Unlike the degree Fahrenheit and degree Celsius, the kelvin is not referred to or typeset as a degree. The kelvin is the primary unit of measurement in the physical sciences, but is often used in conjunction with the degree Celsius, which has the same magnitude. Subtracting 273.16 K from the temperature of the triple point of water makes absolute zero equivalent to −273.15 °C.

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