from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The temperature at which a solid becomes a liquid at standard atmospheric pressure.
- n. The temperature at which a solid and its liquid are in equilibrium, at any fixed pressure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The temperature at which the solid and liquid phases of a substance are in equilibrium; it is relatively insensitive to changes in pressure
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the degree of temperature at which a solid substance melts or fuses. Pressure affects the melting point somewhat, and if not specified the melting point is usually taken to be at atmospheric pressure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The point or degree of temperature at which a solid body melts; the point of fusion or fusibility. See fusion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the temperature below which a liquid turns into a solid
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You remember I said that the melting point of double-stranded DNA is about 85°C.