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Fahrenheit

Syllabification: Fahr·en·heit
Pronunciation: /ˈferənˌhīt
 
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(abbreviation: F)

Definition of Fahrenheit in English:

adjective

[postpositive when used with a numeral]
Of or denoting a scale of temperature on which water freezes at 32° and boils at 212° under standard conditions.
Example sentences
  • If you heat up water to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on pressure and so forth, it boils.
  • Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, or 100 degrees Celsius.
  • The tests included temperatures as cold as minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit to simulate the conditions of open space.

noun

(also Fahrenheit scale) Back to top  
The Fahrenheit scale of temperature.
Example sentences
  • The Fahrenheit and Celsius scales are based on two fixed points, the Kelvin and Rankine scales are based on one.
  • Likewise, we can measure temperatures on the Celsius or Fahrenheit scales.
  • The original zero point of the Fahrenheit temperature scale was set at the lowest temperature that could be reached in a mixture of salt and ice.

Origin

mid 18th century: named after Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (1686–1736), German physicist.

Words that rhyme with Fahrenheit

gesundheitmalachite

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