from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thermoelectric device used to measure temperatures accurately, especially one consisting of two dissimilar metals joined so that a potential difference generated between the points of contact is a measure of the temperature difference between the points.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A transducer consisting of two different metals welded together at each end; a voltage is produced that is proportional to the difference in temperature between the two junctions (one of which is normally held at a known temperature)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thermoelectric couple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thermo-electric couple. See thermo-electricity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a kind of thermometer consisting of two wires of different metals that are joined at both ends; one junction is at the temperature to be measured and the other is held at a fixed lower temperature; the current generated in the circuit is proportional to the temperature difference


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  • I can't see from here, but Alfredo describes how they are taking the temperature of the superhot steam with long wires linked to a thermocouple. A thousand degrees Celsius? I don't believe it either. Sounds way too hot.
    Victoria Bruce, No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado Del Ruiz (New York: HarperCollins, 2001),  Prologue

    May 1, 2016

  • They're so hot!

    April 30, 2011