What is temperature?

  • (noun): The degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity).
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Temperature is a physical property of matter that quantitatively expresses the common notions of hot and cold. Objects of low temperature are cold, while various degrees of higher temperatures are referred to as warm or hot. When a heat transfer path between them is open, heat spontaneously flows from bodies of a higher temperature to bodies of lower temperature. The flow rate increases with the temperature difference, while no heat will be exchanged between bodies of the same temperature, which are then said to be in "thermal equilibrium".

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Extremadura - Climate - Temperatures
... The yearly temperature fluctuates between an average minimum of 4°C and an average maximum of 33°C ... In the north of Extremadura, the average temperatures are lower than those in the south, with temperatures gradually rising south towards the Sierra Morena, where they drop because of the altitude ... During the summer, the average temperature in July is greater than 26 °C, at times reaching 40 °C ...
Thermosphere - Energy Input - Energy Budget
... The thermospheric temperature can be determined from density observations as well as from direct satellite measurements ... The temperature vs ... by the so-called Bates profile with T∞ the exospheric temperature above about 400 km altitude, To = 355 K, and zo = 120 km reference temperature and height, and s an empirical ...
Q10 (temperature Coefficient)
... The Q10 temperature coefficient is a measure of the rate of change of a biological or chemical system as a consequence of increasing the temperature by 10 °C ... The Q10 is calculated as where R is the rate T is the temperature in Celsius degrees or kelvins ... rate changes, and is a useful way to express the temperature dependence of a process ...
Yanam - General Statistics - Temperature
... Temperatures in Yanam range from 27 °C to 45 °C in summer and 17 °C to 28 °C in winter ... From February, temperature start rising rapidly till May, which is the hottest month with the mean maximum around 37 °C and mean minimum around 28 °C ... The maximum temperature on some days in May or early June before the onset of the south-west monsoon may even touch 47 °C ...
MOSFET Scaling - Difficulties Arising Due To MOSFET Size Reduction - Heat Production
... Circuits operate more slowly at high temperatures, and have reduced reliability and shorter lifetimes ... As their on-state resistance rises with temperature, if the load is approximately a constant-current load then the power loss rises correspondingly, generating further heat ... When the heatsink is not able to keep the temperature low enough, the junction temperature may rise quickly and uncontrollably, resulting in destruction of the device ...

More definitions of "temperature":

  • (noun): The somatic sensation of cold or heat.

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