Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of nucleating or forming nuclei; the state of aggregation of matter about nuclei; the loading of central nuclei with specific kinds of otherwise amorphous material lying adjacent to them.
  • noun Specifically, in physical, cloudy condensation, in an atmosphere containing vapor, due to the gathering of minute globules of liquid about floating particles called nuclei.

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  • noun physics The first stage of a phase transition in a small region.
  • noun biology The formation of cell nuclei.

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Examples

  • The other half are made by combining molecules of other vapors into larger "clumps"-a process called nucleation.

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  • It works through a process called nucleation, whereby the carbon dioxide in the soda is attracted to the tiny bumps on the surface of the mints.

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  • For aerosols to form, the bonding particles must cross an energy threshold, which the scientists call nucleation barrier.

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  • For aerosols to form, the bonding particles must cross an energy threshold, which the scientists call nucleation barrier.

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  • According to Hyneman (he's the mustachioed MythBuster), it's a process called "nucleation," in which the particular chemistry of the Mentos candy interacts with the chemistry of the carbonated Diet

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  • Apart from the major disruption in flight traffic and the economy, the Icelandic volcano eruption promises in the short-term to disrupt upper atmospheric circulation patterns and temperatures, with an additional impact due to sulfuric acid "nucleation" and subsequent acid rain.

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  • Apart from the major disruption in flight traffic and the economy, the Icelandic volcano eruption promises in the short-term to disrupt upper atmospheric circulation patterns and temperatures, with an additional impact due to sulfuric acid "nucleation" and subsequent acid rain.

    Planetsave

  • This forming of ice crystals is called "nucleation".

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  • "nucleation," in which the particular chemistry of the Mentos candy interacts with the chemistry of the carbonated Diet Coke, causing the carbon dioxide gas, or CO2, to suddenly come out of suspension in the liquid and make a break for freedom.

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  • Scientist had originally predicted that the millions of tons of newly formed carbon dust particles would be ideal nucleation sites for raindrops.

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