American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A unit of absolute temperature equal to 1/273.16 of the absolute temperature of the triple point of water. One kelvin degree is equal to one Celsius degree. See Table at measurement.
- n. A temperature scale in which zero occurs at absolute zero and each degree equals one kelvin. Water freezes at 273.15 K and boils at 373.15 K.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name proposed, in honor of Lord Kelvin, for the kilowatt-hour which is the British Board of Trade unit of work.
- n. 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".
- n. A unit interval on the Kelvin scale.
- n. usually as postpositioned adjective A unit for a specific temperature on the Kelvin scale.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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 9/5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- n. the basic unit of thermodynamic temperature adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
- n. British physicist who invented the Kelvin scale of temperature and pioneered undersea telegraphy (1824-1907)
- Named after the Irish-born Scottish physicist William Thomson, Lord Kelvin. (Wiktionary)
- After First Baron Kelvin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The 13th CGPM (1967) adopted the name kelvin (symbol K) instead of "degree Kelvin" (symbol °K) and defined the unit of thermodynamic temperature as follows:”
“The kelvin is the unit of thermodynamic temperature in the International System of Units (SI).”
“The 13th CGPM changed the name to simply "kelvin" symbol K.”
“This redefinition would bring the kilogram into line with the six other base units that make up the International System of Units SI – the metre, the second, the ampere, the kelvin, the mole and the candela.”
“Dr. Phillips and other mandarins of metrology were gathered at Britain's Royal Society to debate an urgent question in the science of measurement — how to re-define the basic unit of mass, as well as other measurements such as the second, ampere, kelvin and mole.”
“Also, when reference is made to the unit kelvin either a specific temperature or a temperature interval, kelvin is always spelled with a lowercase k unless it is the first word in a sentence.”
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“Celsius makes alot more sense to the rest of us, but we'll settle with kelvin :p”
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