Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A thermoelectric couple.

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  • noun physics 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)

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  • noun 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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Examples

  • Using beakers, a scale and a fancy temperature sensor called a thermocouple, he set to work with ice and water.

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  • The heart of the "heat radio" is a very tiny and very delicate thermocouple, which is mounted at the focal point of a large metallic reflector.

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  • Accepts any type temperature sensor such as thermocouple, RTD, thermistor with a very high degree of accuracy.

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  • I strongly recommend you use one of the fine new digital thermocouple thermometers available nowadays to make sure your poultry and other foods are cooked properly for taste and safety.

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  • He sat down with his legs up, cradling the assembly in his lap to attach the new thermocouple.

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  • According to Wikipedia, all he needed to do was remove the old thermocouple and disconnect the gas tube to the pilot light and main burner.

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  • I strongly recommend you use one of the fine new digital thermocouple thermometers available nowadays to make sure your poultry and other foods are cooked properly for taste and safety.

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  • He put his bagel in the bag with the thermocouple and looped it around his good arm so that he could drink his coffee on the way home.

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  • A week later, Calvin was downtown buying a thermocouple for the washing machine in the hardware store.

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  • I start checking the interior temp with a very thin probe very fast thermocouple thermometer.

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  • They're so hot!

    April 30, 2011

  • 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.
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    May 1, 2016