from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ratio of the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a unit mass of a substance by one unit of temperature to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a similar mass of a reference material, usually water, by the same amount.
- n. The amount of heat, measured in calories, required to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance by one Celsius degree.
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- n. the ratio of the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of a unit mass of substance by a unit degree to the amount of heat needed to raise that of the same mass of water by the same amount
- n. the amount of heat, in calories, needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of a body one degree, taking as the unit of measure the quantity required to raise the same weight of water from zero to one degree.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance one degree centigrade
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His invaluable work was done as a skilful, thorough, patient experimenter in determining the specific heat of solids, liquids, gases, and the vapour-tensions of water and other volatile liquids, as well as their latent heat at different temperatures.
Not just from the exhaustion; the water, with a specific heat exactly one thousand times greater than air, had been conducting warmth away from his body twenty-five times as rapidly as air would at this temperature,