the number of calories required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of a substance 1°C, or the number of BTU’s per pound per degree F.
(originally) the ratio of the thermal capacity of a substance to that of standard material.
See under heat capacity.
specific heat definition
The amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance by one degree Celsius, or to raise the temperature of one pound of a substance by one degree Fahrenheit.
- Specific heat capacity
noun 1. the heat required to raise unit mass of a substance by unit temperature interval under specified conditions, such as constant pressure: usually measured in joules per kelvin per kilogram ((for constant pressure)) cp Also called specific heat
noun 1. the ratio of the mass of water vapor in air to the total mass of the mixture of air and water vapor. specific humidity noun 1. the mass of water vapour in a sample of moist air divided by the mass of the sample
adjective speccier, specciest 1. (slang) wearing spectacles
noun, Rocketry. 1. a measure, usually in seconds, of the efficiency with which a rocket engine utilizes its propellants, equal to the number of pounds of thrust produced per pound of propellant burned per second. 2. the specific impulse that a given combination of propellants would produce in an ideal rocket engine providing complete combustion, […]