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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)

GCIDE

  1. Kelvin(n.)

    The SI unit of temperature, defined as being 1/273.16 of the triple point of water; abbreviated K. The melting point of water at 760 mm pressure is 273.15 Kelvins, and the boiling point 373.15 Kelvins. One degree Kelvin is equal to one degree Centigrade, and

    Etymology: [from Lord Kelvin, English physicist.]

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".

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

  2. kelvin(Noun)

    A unit interval on the Kelvin scale.

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

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

  3. kelvin(Noun)

    A unit for a specific temperature on the Kelvin scale.

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

  4. Kelvin(ProperNoun)

    A river in Scotland, running through Glasgow.

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

  5. Kelvin(ProperNoun)

    transferred from the surname; rather rare.

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

Wikipedia

  1. Kelvin

    The kelvin is the base unit of temperature in the International System of Units (SI), having the unit symbol K. It is named after the Belfast-born, Glasgow University engineer and physicist William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824–1907). The kelvin is now defined by fixing the numerical value of the Boltzmann constant k to 1.380 649×10−23 J⋅K−1. This unit is equal to kg⋅m2⋅s−2⋅K−1, where the kilogram, metre and second are defined in terms of the Planck constant, the speed of light, and the duration of the caesium-133 ground-state hyperfine transition. Thus, this definition depends only on universal constants, and not on any physical artifacts as practiced previously, such as the International Prototype of the Kilogram, whose mass diverged over time from the original value. One kelvin is equal to a change in the thermodynamic temperature T that results in a change of thermal energy kT by 1.380 649×10−23 J.The Kelvin scale fulfills Thomson's requirements as an absolute thermodynamic temperature scale. It uses absolute zero as its null point. Unlike the degree Fahrenheit and degree Celsius, the kelvin is not referred to or written as a degree. The kelvin is the primary unit of temperature measurement in the physical sciences, but is often used in conjunction with the degree Celsius, which has the same magnitude.

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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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Kelvin in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Kelvin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Kelvin in a Sentence

  1. Mario Damasso:

    Not habitable at all, I would say, since we predict with back of the envelope calculation its temperature to be around 40 Kelvin, we have no clue on the actual planet structure and composition, although we can likely imagine that it has an extended atmosphere made mostly of [hydrogen]and [helium].

  2. Harvey Fineberg:

    That's the brilliance of Kelvin Droegemeier, to elicit this kind of input and turn to the academics in the first place, they're genuinely trying to widen their aperture for advice, and I think so far it's working.

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