kelvin scale meaning

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  • Noun: Kelvin scale
    1. A temperature scale that defines absolute zero as 0 degrees; water freezes at 273.16 degrees and boils at 373.16 degrees
      - absolute scale

    Type of: temperature scale

    Encyclopedia: Kelvin scale

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  • [Medicine]
    n : a temperature scale that has the kelvin as its unit of measurement and according to which absolute zero (−273.15°C) is 0 K and water freezes at 273.15 K and boils at 373.15 K

  • [Thermodynamics]
    "The basic scale used for temperature definition, the triple point of water (comprising ice, liquid, and vapor) is defined as 273.16 K, given two reservoirs, a reversible heat engine is built operating in a cycle between them, and the ratio of their temper"


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  1. a unit of temperature equal to 1 / 273 . 16 of the kelvin scale temperature of the triple point of water
  2. two temperature on the kelvin scale are to each other as the heats trasnferred between the same two reversible adiabatic surfaces at these two temperatures
  3. Hence, the Kelvin scale is a ratio scale.
  4. The Kelvin scale is defined on the basis of the second law of thermodynamics.
  5. The coldest temperature possible on the Kelvin scale is 0 ( the temperature at which all molecular activity ceases ).

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