Definitions for rankineˈræŋ kɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ran•kineˈræŋ kɪn(adj.)

  1. pertaining to an absolute temperature scale (Ran′kine scale`) in which the degree intervals are equal to those of the Fahrenheit scale and in which 0° Rankine equals −459.7° Fahrenheit.

    Category: Thermodynamics

Origin of Rankine:

1920–25; after William J. M. Rankine (1820–70), Scottish physicist

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Rankine(noun)

    a unit of temperature on the Rankine scale


  1. Rankine(ProperNoun)

    a Scottish and Northern Irish surname, variant of Rankin.


  1. Degree Rankine

    Rankine is a thermodynamic temperature scale named after the Glasgow University engineer and physicist William John Macquorn Rankine, who proposed it in 1859. The symbol for degrees Rankine is °R. By analogy with Kelvin, some authors call the unit rankine, omitting the degree symbol. Zero on both the Kelvin and Rankine scales is absolute zero, but the Rankine degree is defined as equal to one degree Fahrenheit, rather than the one degree Celsius used by the Kelvin scale. A temperature of −459.67 °F is exactly equal to 0 °R. Some engineering fields in the United States measure thermodynamic temperature using the Rankine scale. The US National Institute of Standards and Technology recommends not using degrees Rankine in NIST publications. Some key temperatures relating the Rankine scale to other temperature scales are shown in the table below.

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